Africa is struggling to survive the deadly flood of counterfeit drugs

Loom, Togo: After being diagnosed with malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayew Heavy thought he would recover when he started taking his doctor's advice.

But far from treating her, the medicines she gave her at the neighborhood clinic had made her worse – eventually one of her kidneys cost her.

The drugs were fake.

"After four days of care, it didn't improve, but I started to feel pain in my abdomen," Heavy, 52, told AFP.

After two weeks of suffering he was unable to walk and was admitted to a university hospital in Lom, the capital of the West African country.

"Doctors told me my kidneys were bad … Quinine and antibiotics in the medical office that treated me were fake drugs."

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