Reports show that a vaccine may go on market by the end of the year or early January. This is also not concrete enough as vaccines take years to go through clinical trials. Amidst all this dilemma Madagascar caught the world by surprise when their President Andry Rajoelina Africa’s youngest president announced that his country has a remedy. He said it is not just any remedy but a simple natural and organic remedy.
For years the rhetoric has been Africa waiting for donors to come to her rescue during times of crisis but the new breed of proactive Africans is changing the status quo. Madagascar has not only provided a viable solution to a global pandemic but also demonstrated to the world and Africa that young people need to be at the frontline of decision making.
As we continue to dream of an Africa beyond aid, solidarity is key to realize that dream. More African leaders should seriously be engaging with Madagascar right now on how to procure Covid Organics as Guinea Bissau and Conakry have demonstrated. It is during difficult times that we know who our true friends are.
Let’s change the rhetoric now. As they say that as long as hunters tell jungle stories lions will never be heroes until they get their own story tellers. The world as for ages viewed Africa in a sorry state yet that is far from the truth. How can a needy continent be enriching Europe for over 50 years, it all depends on how you view this. We have for long told the world that Africa is the origin of all civilization and Covid continues to prove it daily. Senegal is making 1$ testing kits, 60$ ventilators, Ghana is using drones to deliver testing kits to mitigate the risk of frontline workers, Uganda a country in East Africa has zero deaths of Covid with over 45 recoveries and currently developing ventilators In Makerere University and finally to headline it all the remedy Covid Organics from Madagascar.
Covid Organics not only treats but prevents covid-19. It was developed by Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) a private research institute in the country established in 1957and gained official government recognition in 1993. Since then it has also doubled as a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative centre. The same WHO that is hesitant on going mainstream with the remedy stating it lacks scientific evidence. The irony is appalling because IMRA stated that Covid Organics is derived from a plant called Artemesia which has over 20 varieties and some of which are used to cure malaria. With reports indicating that malarial drugs such as chloroquine show promising results to treat Covid_19, then I guess the cure may come from the least expected place Africa.
Post- pandemic Africa should have a different face. Some countries have switched to import substitution policies due to the blocked supply chains. If we want an Africa beyond aid, let’s develop policies and invest heavily in home grown solutions as Senegal, Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar have demonstrated that actually Africa can exist beyond foreign aid.
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