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CPA President at the World Health Assembly

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) |

Watch the President of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), Raymond Anderson, speak about NCDs and the role of Fight the Fakes campaign in his intervention at CPA’s side event at the World Health Assembly on the role of the next generation in addressing non-communicable diseases.

The full transcript can be found here.

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