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Speeches Shim

January 25, 2018

In 2016, in an effort to improve and protect public health, Benin participated in a joint seizure operation of the World Customs Organization’s Action against Counterfeit and Illicit Medicines. The authorities seized approximately 118 tons of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. This success added an extra burden to Benin’s struggle with safe pharmaceutical waste management. With only 2.5 percent of GDP allocated to public health in 2013, proper handling, collection, and disposal of counterfeit pharmaceutical waste competes with the myriad other public health priorities.