Following threats of the resurgence of Malaria in Africa, a certified Cameroonian researcher, Antoinette Ntoumba is leading a fight against the disease on the continent. She has discovered a groundbreaking solution that could expedite the eradication of malaria out of Africa.
With research spanning over seven years, she invented a larvicide made from a combination of herbs she gathered from the bush with potency to kill mosquito larvae before they develop into adults and spread the disease.
According to Antoinette, her decision to delve into herbal-based research solutions for malaria was informed by the growing resistance mosquitoes evolved against chemical pesticides over the years.
The young researcher told reporters that, apart from the unique nature of her proposed solution to the longstanding problem, the invention is equally affordable, making it accessible by the average African.
“What we are proposing today is innovation because we are using plants, and we are not using just one plant…What we are proposing is a natural, cheap product.” She told France 24 while revealing only Guava leaf, which is just one of the ingredients of her invention.
She stated further that the herbal product is comparably effective and is already in use, “this product is very effective, we are already using it in our neighborhoods and our houses. If it’s to be used on a large scale, we need a well-conceived and structured protocol” she said.
Since Antoinette Ntoumba commenced her research in Africa, she has been recognized by credible organizations for her resolve to deal with the fatal disease. In the year 2020, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation listed her among 20 young female scientists in Africa working on a solution for malaria.
With the surge in malaria cases in Cameroon, the researcher pushed her efforts further to provide this solution to help protect lives; according to available statistics, Cameroon records an average of 4,000 deaths from the malaria disease on an annual basis. With this new affordable invention, hope could be restored.