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23 octobre 2015

Fighting pharmaceutical crime focus of INTERPOL training in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda – An INTERPOL training course to educate participants on how to create effective training programmes to combat pharmaceutical crime within their countries has concluded in Uganda.

The five-day (19-23 October) session was INTERPOL’s first ‘train-the-trainer’ course held in Africa with a focus on pharmaceutical crime. It brought together 19 participants from police, customs and health authorities from six countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Organized by INTERPOL’s Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime unit in coordination with the INTERPOL Capacity Building and Training unit and the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for East Africa, the training course equipped participants with the skills required to conduct their own courses on combating the trafficking of falsified medicines.

“Ensuring that all stakeholders have the necessary capabilities is key to the fight against counterfeit medical products and pharmaceutical crime, therefore it is important for every country to have capable trainers in this area. I hope this training course will be a milestone in the fight against pharmaceutical crime in East Africa,” said Asan Kasingye, Assistant Inspector General of the Uganda Police and Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Kampala.

Topics covered included the current global situation of pharmaceutical crime, the latest investigative techniques and effective teaching skills.

In addition, the course aimed to create a strong regional network of pharmaceutical crime investigators across East Africa.