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Will we be seeing you at the Geneva Health Forum, 10-12 April 2018?

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Will we be seeing you at the Geneva Health Forum, 10-12 April 2018?


Will we be seeing you at the Geneva Health Forum, 10-12 April 2018?

The 7th edition of the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) will be held this year from 10-12 April at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Fight the Fakes campaign will be there for 3 days to raise awareness about the dangers of falsified medicines but also to answer your questions and boost knowledge about what you can do to fight #fakemeds.

The Geneva Health Forum is a renowned international event with lively discussions about global health issues, making the event an ideal place for the voice of Fight the Fakes to be heard. This year the GHF will address the impact of the digital revolution on health practices, with the theme “Precision Global Health in the Digital Age.”

Check out the program here and make sure to visit our booth the 2018 Geneva Health Forum. Join the discussion online using #fakemeds & #GHF18.

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