Cairo: Africas, News Desk, Baher Tarek
Sabine Adeline Fanta Yadang, 32, a doctor of neuroscience, and Hadidjatou Daïrou, 33, a doctor of cellular physiology, have overcome societal prejudice to win the L’Oréal-Unesco Young Talent Award for Women in Science for their work on the power of medicinal plants. On the other hand, In Cameroon’s rural north, a career in science is a rarity for most women. However, they have bucked the trend, winning a prestigious science award. Moreover, the two young scientists were chosen from among 30 scientists from sub-Saharan Africa to win the award on November 8 at a ceremony held in Botswana.
Fanta and Hadidjatou have been praised for their work on the potential of Cameroon’s traditional medicinal plants to treat cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the two young scientists work together in the laboratory of the Institute for Medical Research and Study of Medicinal Plants (IMPM) in the capital, Yaounde. As a result, With the €10,000 and €15,000 grants accompanying the Young Talent Award, Hadijatu will complete her thesis and Fanta will continue her research at the University of Ibadan in neighboring Nigeria. Furthermore, Fanta says, “Africa’s future is in the hands of its scientists”.