By Ann Brown
Even though a few African countries are rising up to the challenge of spending on R&D, their efforts remain largely epileptic.
In 2009, Tsige Gebre-Mariam, professor of pharmaceutics and drug delivery at Addis Ababa University was excited when he discovered a drug to expel worm-like parasites from the human body.
Besides the anti-parasitic drug, Gebre-Mariam also had a breakthrough in the treatments hemorrhoid and eczema and developed a formula from medicinal plants for the treatment of malaria. He had been working on it for 20 years. More than 213 million people were affected by malaria in Africa in 2018, with 380,000 deaths, according to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2019.
But after reaching out to the government and other
funders to bankroll the project, he discovered financial support in his
country and across continent was still reluctant to translate laboratory
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