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Two Cameroonians Women Win A Prestigious Science Award

Agencies – Sudan Events

In Cameroon’s rural north, a career in science is a rarity for most women. Two young women have bucked the trend, winning a prestigious science award on November 8.
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.
The two young scientists were chosen from among 30 scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to win the award on November 8 at a ceremony held in Botswana.
Fanta and Hadidjatou were praised for their work on the potential of traditional medicinal plants in Cameroon for treating cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.
In the face of expensive conventional treatments to slow Alzheimer’s, the researcher hopes to prove that this plant will make it possible “to combat the degeneration of neurons and reduce stress in the affected brain”.

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