Youth IGF Indonesia and School of Human Celebrates World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2019 by Educating Youth About Fake Medicines Being Sold on the Internet
Nowadays, the internet helps people to do almost everything. Buying and selling things is no exception. Medicines as one of the people’s basic needs are there to be sold online, too. At any one time, there are approximately 35,000 active online pharmacies websites. However, 96% of these websites are illegal and unsafe, operating outside the scope of relevant laws and pharmacy practice standards. Medicines sold by illegal online sellers are often fake. Even worse, these fakes may be made using dangerous and deadly substances, like fentanyl, floor wax, mercury, concrete, road tar, paint thinner, anti-freeze, and other poisons. However, resources focused on simple messages are available to ensure that patients, caregiversm health care providers, and others can stay safe online.
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) and Together against Cybercrime International (TaC) are working together to provide support and educational materials for young Ambassadors from the Youth IGF Movement (operated by TaC) in many countries around the world. With the program recognized and endorsed by the UN Internet Governance Forum (UN-IGF), a series of events to raise visibility and awareness are planned in more than 30 countries beginning on 6th June 2019, marking World Anti-Counterfeiting Day. Youth IGF activities serve as a hub to deliver capacity-building session to young people via the ‘Train the Trainer’ approach, and to raise awareness on health safety.
Youth IGF Indonesia held a seminar which was a part of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2019 event series on June 22. Collaborating with School of Human, this seminar took place at the School of Human’s Auditorium, located in Kota Bekasi, West Java. Titled “Fighting Fake Medicine Online”, this seminar was meant to educate the youth of Indonesia as one of the countries with the highest internet usage in the world to be aware of fake medicines being sold online. The most common case in Indonesia itself is the selling of body slimming and enhancing drugs, as well as facial and skincare products through social media applications like Instagram targetting teenagers as their consumers. Those kinds of drugs are being sold while the legality needs to be questioned.
Two speakers are presented in this seminar. Agita Pasaribu as the Ambassador for Youth IGF Indonesia talked about the internet and cyberworld as inherent things in the daily lives of young people and how they have such profound influence on their condition. Including the vulnerability to be a victim of fraud. The other speaker is Zulfan Manurung, Medical Lead at Sanofi Indonesia. He shared his experiences in health and medicines as he is an expert on that field. Also, he helped to build awareness for the youth so that they will be educated about fake medicines and can avoid the bad effects of them.
With this event being held and opened for public with young people as the main target of audience, hopefully the youth of Indonesia will be getting more insights on medicines counterfeiting phenomenon that is really happening right now. The young generation is also expected to be the anti-counterfeiting generation, as internet will grow more in the future.
About ASOP EU
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy in the EU (ASOP EU) is a not for profit Community Interest Company and represents a multi-sectorial coalition of organisations and individuals, dedicated to creating an environment that enables patients to buy their medicines online safely (where it is legal to do so). To find out more about ASOP EU and ASOP Global please visit the website
Together against Cybercrime is a non-profit making civil society anti-cybercrime organization established in France and working at local, national, European and international levels. TaC International works in the field of cybercrime/cybersecurity and child online protection and advises different entities on cybersecurity strategies. TaC is also actively involved in Internet governance issues by stimulating discussion on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by vulnerable people and initiating debate in the format of youth and teenager dialogue.
About School of Human
SCHOOL OF HUMAN is a school that respects every human potential as the best creation of God by helping students find professional professions according to their talents, interests and worldviews so they are ready to face the era of globalization by upholding moral virtue. Visit our website:
Written by : Miranda Julistika | Comm & Publications | firstname.lastname@example.org
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