BRIDGING KNOWLEDGE … ENHANCING CAPACITY
BDCP has developed respectful and productive avenues of communication between people of varying backgrounds who share an interest in sustainable development. We work equally with traditional healers, community groups, western-trained scientists, other NGOs, private sector interest groups, policy makers, entrepreneurs/industralists and international funding agencies. Crucial to developing these associations are the many training courses, workshops and congresses that we sponsor as well as our international database on African plants. Through equitable partnership arrangements with western-based institutions, we are enhancing the technical and scientific capabilities of in-country communities, universities and industries through infrastructure building that particularly impact community health issues.
The Medical Informatics Training for Africa (Med-ITA) is in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. It is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. The program assists Sub-Saharan African countries to achieve successful and sustainable improvements in access to scientific and clinical information by integrating a range of medical informatics training opportunities into the fabric of existing collaborative initiatives in research, education, care delivery and public health.
One of our main objectives is the hosting of conferences, including such flagship offering as:
• Ethnomedicine & Drug Development
• Traditional Medicine in HIV/AIDS & Malaria
• Commercial Production of Phytomedicine & Cosmetics from Indigenous Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
• Bioprospecting & Strategies for Industrial Exploitation of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants
• Standardisation and Regulation of Herbal Medicine
• Utilisation of Tropical Plants and the Conservation of Biodiversity
• HerbFEST-BioBusiness and Innovation Workshop
BDCP has established an off-line database of African medicinal plants. Collaboration centers scattered around the continent have generated a comprehensive inventory of biological resources called Computerized Information System of African Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CISAMAP). The main object of CISAMAP is to provide a common platform that interfaces with four existing databases thereby allowing users to access multi-layered information.
• AFRICMED: An inventory of plants used in traditional medicine in West/Central Africa and epidemiological surveys of the use of these plants.
• ICBG Inventory: database of plant materials, extractions, chemistry and biology.
• Biodiversity Measuring and Monitoring (BioMon) Database: a database of ecological information and biological resources which seeks to provide critical information on the habitat and growth requirements of any target biome, and a relational database. Some of the databases of plants are found in the network of ICBG small biodiversity plots in Nigeria and Cameroon. It has the capability of drug sample collection locations on maps as well as digital overlays of geographical features of West and Central Africa.
• Korup Forest Dynamic Project (KFDP): a tree demographic database comprising plants found in the ICBG 50 hectare biodiversity plot near Nigerian-Cameroon border.
• BDCP also collaborated with Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency(NNMDA) on Survey of Nigerian Medicinal Plants (North-Central and South-East Nigeria): A total of over 500 plants were physically identified and documented by BDCP experts. Database includes the live picture and full description of each plants including their medicinal uses and method of preparation/administration.
In collaboration with different national and international agencies, BDCP holds different training courses on:
• Biodiversity Measuring and Monitoring,
• Biotechnology: Cell and Tissue Culture Technique;
• Ethnobiology and Field Taxonomy;
• Good agricultural and cultivation practices
• Standardisation and Quality Control of Herbal Products
• Benefit Sharing