Mission and Objectives

MEDISAFE is a non-profit international cooperation project. Its mission is to combat illicit traffic and enhance the safety of medicines in Eastern and Central Africa

Its objectives are to tackle organized crime and improve health outcomes by helping 11 partner countries identify falsified medicines, combat their production and trafficking and co-ordinate these activities between countries in the region.

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Intervention Zone

MEDISAFE is part of the CBRN CoE Initiative. It is financed by the European Union for the benefit of 11 partner countries that have decided to participate in tackling the issue: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Expertise France and its 7 European partners form a consortium that implements the project and manages cooperation between networks of international and local experts.

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partner countries in Eastern and Central Africa


million euros budget to boost the fight against falsified medicines


months to help partners tackle organized crime and improve health outcomes


operating partners bringing expertise and experience to the project

Action Plan

MEDISAFE has six key strategies to help combat the production and distribution of falsified medicines: raising awareness; strengthening legislation and regulations; improving technical capabilities; promoting interagency cooperation; promoting international cooperation and increasing security in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Our actions
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Meeting with the council of Europe

As part of the effort to foster international cooperation with regards to the fight against the trafficking of falsified medicines and in link with one of the objectives of the project which is to encourage countries to adopt legal dispositions criminalizing falsified medicines, a delegation of MEDISAFE members and Expertise France staff met with the […]

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Technical seminar in Tanzania

The first mission to Tanzania aimed at gathering information on the country context, discussing and agreeing upon a country action plan, and sharing best practices and opportunities in the fight against substandard and falsified medical products with all stakeholders, including pharmacy inspectors, control laboratory staff, customs, and the police. The first technical seminar was organized […]

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Combating sub-standard and falsified medicines in Seychelles

A first fact-finding mission was held in early April in Victoria to enable international experts to better understand the specific problems of counterfeit medicines in Seychelles.  The first mission, known as the fact-finding mission, was organized from 1 to 4 April 2019 in Victoria with the support of a team of international experts. The national […]

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2nd Annual Meeting of the African Medicines Quality Forum

The Annual Meeting for the African Medicines Quality Forum (AMQF) was organized by United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Moroccan government. […]



Fact-finding mission on the legal background in Malawi

As part of the mapping of the legal systems with regards to falsified medicines in the partner countries, one of the legal experts undertook a mission in Malawi. In link with the National Focal Point and the National CBRN team, the expert was able to: Identify and liaise with national contact points in the fight […]



2nd Meeting of the AMRH Partnership Platform on Regulatory Systems Strengthening and Harmonization Initiatives in Africa

The AMRH Partnership Platform has been established as a robust coordination mechanism to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of the medical products regulatory systems strengthening and harmonization agenda in Africa, through optimal coordination of the different partners and stakeholders providing regulatory support on the continent. The aim of the platform is to increase […]


MEDISAFE has 7 operating partner organizations including pharmaceutical, medical and public health organizations from the European Union. It works with 11 partner countries across Eastern and Central Africa.

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