Beninese invent a cure for malaria and receive the 2016 Africa Innovation Prize

Boubacar Diallo

His name is Valentin Agon, this Beninese received last week in Gaborone, Botswana, the 2016 African Innovation Prize from the African Foundation for Innovation. Out of 985 applications, 10 candidates were selected, Valentin Agon was crowned Laureate thanks to his remedy against malaria, called API-PALU.

Api-Palu, is an anti-malaria treatment made from natural plant extracts, Api-Palu is significantly cheaper than the anti-malarial drugs currently on the market; it has great inhibitory effects on strains of Plasmodium falciparum 3D7, the agent that causes malaria.

Indeed, malaria is wreaking havoc on the continent. According to a World Bank report in 2015, 99% of people who die from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) live in a developing country. The epicenter of the HIV and AIDS epidemic is sub-Saharan Africa, where 70% of all new HIV infections live.

Malaria kills around 660,000 people each year, negatively impacting African economies and households. Economists believe that malaria is responsible for a growth penalty of up to 1.3% in some African countries, hampering economic growth in the region. For this invention, Mr. Agnon received US $ 100,000.

For details on the Africa Innovation Prize 2016

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