Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

19 February 2010

Cameroon: Research Institute for Medicinal Plants - FCFA 2.4 Billion To Reinforce Research

The institute held its 12th ordinary session in Yaounde on Tuesday February 16, 2010.

The Medical Research Institute for Medicinal Plants (IMPM) under the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation will function this year with a budget of about FCFA 2.4 billion. This was one of the outcomes of the institute's 12th board meeting which held in the Conference Hall of the Ministry on Tuesday February 16, 2010 under the patronage of its board chair, Professor Rose Leke née Gana. The session was to evaluate the path covered in 2009 and to define a way forward for the ongoing year.

Board members observed during the session that strides were made last year on research on malaria as studies resulted in the putting in place of a kit for the treatment of malaria in homes and the HIV/AIDS research Laboratory of IMPM was declared a reference centre by the World Health Organisation. The institute equally signed partnership conventions with its peers in other countries like the "L'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France as well as a protocol agreement between IMPM and Johns Hopskins (Global viral forecasting initiative).

With the FCFA 2.4 billion budget this year, the institute will pursue research activities began last year and introduce others which would improve on its performance as well ensure a proper implementation of the institute's mission. Efforts will also be stepped up to reinforce research on HIV/AIDS, malaria, medicinal plants, traditional medicine as well as emerging diseases among others. Some of the priorities of the institute this year will be to acquire a piece of land and construct an administrative and technical block for IMPM. Work is equally expected to start on the construction of a complex to host all the structures of the institute. Officials of IMPM were urged by the board to liaise with the Research Institute for Agronomic Development (IRAD) so as to jointly carry out ethno botanical studies. The FCFA 2.4 billion comprises an investment budget of FCFA 888.684.874 and FCFA 386 million will be destined for the functioning of the institute, among others.

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