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Capacity Building … bridging knowledge

BDCP has developed respectful, 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 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.

MEDITA

The Medical Informatics Training for Africa (Med-ITA) is a 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.

Conferences

One of our main objectives is the hosting of conferences, including such flagship offerings 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

Database

The 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 plants 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.

Training Courses

In collaboration with different national and international agencies, the BDCP has held different training courses on:
· Biodiversity Measuring and Monitoring,
· Biotechnology: Cell and Tissue Culture Technique;
· Ethnobiology and Field Taxonomy.