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    Nigerian Startup Tackles Fake Medicine

    Let’s get real. Each year, more than 100,00 sub-Saharan Africans die partially as a result of counterfeit or substandard malaria medication. But Nigerian-American Vivian Nwakah is hoping to change that. The 35-year-old’s organization, Medsaf, has connected more than 500 pharmacies and around 100 hospitals with safe, cost-effective meds, processing 150 million doses of drugs. With Nigeria being the world’s poverty capital — a “dumping ground” for fake drugs, one expert says — Nwakah faces a significant challenge, but colleagues say she’s driven to succeed.

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