August 2020

A health worker administers a COVID-19 test in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Photo credit: Misa Rahantason/MSH

Originally published in Think Global Health

As COVID-19 spreads across the world, falsified medicines for the novel coronavirus are leaking into Africa, where almost 19 percent of medicines are already substandard and where a number of countries are promoting untested treatments for the virus. The global health community is funneling tens of billions of dollars of aid into procuring medical products for countries without full evidence of their safety, efficacy, or quality—let alone their cost effectiveness.