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Title: BIO-ACTIVITY AND VALUE ADDED PROCESSING OF MEDICINAL PLANT PRODUCTS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF HIV/AIDS FUNGAL INFECTIONS IN LAKE VICTORIA BASIN.

Project Overview:

This is a multidisciplinary research project that endeavors to screen a number of plants that are traditionally used to treat HIV associated opportunistic fungal infections by communities living in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. Upon the identification of effective plants, the focus is to develop methods for local processing and packaging of value-added herbal products. Participatory rural appraisal (PRA) methods and structured interviews are used to collect indigenous knowledge to be used for identification and selection of antifungal medicinal plants. 

Objectives: 

General objective

To validate traditional antifungal plants based remedies and develop new formulations with better efficacy and shelf life with view to improving the livelihood of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Lake Victoria region.

Specific Objectives

  •        To evaluate invivo and invitro antifungal activity of herbal remedies used by traditional healers in the management of HIV-fungal associated infections.
  •         To establish phytochemical profiles of herbal remedies used by traditional healers in the management of HIV fungal associated infections
  •        To develop value added products from established antifungal active herbal remedies for wide use among HIV/AIDS patients.
  •         To determine the diversity (Number of taxa)  and abundance (Number of individuals) of medicinal plant species and establish a database for use in conservation management and utilization policy development and monitoring.
  •     Collection of incidence and general prevalence data based on gender differences, to serve as indicators and for impact analysis. 

 Donors/Sources of Funding:

  • Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA)