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Published on 11 September 2023 / Public Health

WHO Africa and the Brazzaville Foundation intensify their cooperation


Brazzaville, September 11, 2023 - At the invitation of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville Foundation took part in a working session held at headquarters in Brazzaville, with the Dr. Mohamed Ramzy Ismail team, Team Leader, Drug Supply and Health Infrastructure. This meeting is a continuation of the conversations initiated in Abuja in January 2023 between Dr. Aissatou Sougou, Technical Officer for Essential Medicines at the WHO Office for Africa and Mr. Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of Brazzaville Foundation, on the bangs of the consultations on substandard and falsified medicines, organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, continued in Gaborone, during the 73rd session of the WHO Africa Regional Committee with Ms. Pamela Drameh, Regional Officer for Partnerships and Governing Bodies.

Around Richard Amalvy, Director of Brazzaville Foundation and Dr. Mohamed Ramzy Ismail, Team Leader, Drug Supply and Health Infrastructure, the team responsible for Drug Supply and Health Infrastructure at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, © Brazzaville Foundation.

At the heart of the discussions were several subjects, including the continuation of the pilot project aimed at developing a national plan to combat substandard and falsified medical products (SFMP) currently being tested in Togo, the results of which will serve as tools for the modeling exercise planned in the other member states; the exercise to model the methodology of the Lomé Initiative the 2023-2024 roadmap, which includes two international seminars on strengthening the regulatory and security framework in the fight against SFMP, to be held in the Republic of Congo and Senegal in collaboration with WHO, UNODC and other technical and financial partners in the 1st quarter of 2024; andorganisation a side event on SFMP at the 74th WHO Regional Committee for Africa, scheduled to take place in Brazzaville in August 2024.


The meeting concluded with a commitment by the parties to strengthen their partnership by inviting Brazzaville Foundation to finalise its application for accreditation as a regional non-state actor whose mission is to protect and promote public health in Africa.