The National University of Rwanda (NUR) hosted an international Symposium on Anti-malarial Traditional Herbal Medicines and Analysis of Toxics and Drugs.
The symposium gathered participants from Belgium led by the Ambassador of Belgium in Rwanda, His Excellency Marc Pectsteen, participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Addressing participants, the NUR Rector, Prof. Silas Lwakabamba commended the Kingdom of Belgium for their support through the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) and CIUF /CUD interuniversity project.
The support enables NUR to come to the positive impact of the results on the large community of Rwanda and its neighbors.
“CIUF and CUD interuniversity project allows the transformation of the NUR laboratory of analysis of water, food, drugs and toxics for its efforts (LADAMET) into a fully equipped laboratory which is a very important tool for NUR teaching applied research and service to improve health of the national and regional population,”
The Ambassador of Belgium in Rwanda, Pecsteen promised to continue the support in several sectors including the ones which are in relationship with NUR such as Health and Education.
He clarified that last year the government of Belgium signed a four year agreement with the government of Rwanda to intervene in the progress of several activities like Health, Energy and Decentralizaation.
During the symposium, there were presentations on different subjects in the area of pharmacy such as investigation on African plants traditionally used to treat Malaria, antiprotozoal activity of plants traditionally used in Rwanda, why and how to control the quality of medicinal plants among many other subjects.
Dr Raymond Muganga a NUR don informed participants that his ongoing research on antiprotozoal activity of plants demonstrated the results which may prove the possibility of treating malaria using traditional plants.