Cameroon has joined the international community to commemorate the World Malaria Day, this 25th April. The day set aside by the World Health Organisation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the treatment and prevention of the disease.
The 2018 edition is observed under the theme “Zero malaria starts with me”. In Cameroon, one of the key players in the fight against malaria; one of the major killer diseases on the continent, is Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke.
The Emeritus Professor of Immunology and Parasitology has done extensive research in immunology of parasitic infections, particularly Malaria.
She has contribute to the significant decline in morbidity and mortality from malaria during pregnancy. She carried out elaborate research in malaria in pregnant women, particularly placenta malaria. The study was carried out in collaboration with the Georgetown University and at the University of Hawaii.
She has several publications to her credit and has trained many young and promising scientists and continues to do so.
The Cameroonian born scientist is the Vice President of Scientific Committee of Chantal Biya Research Centre, (CIRCB), in Yaoundé.
The award winning professor of Immunology and Parasitology is also the Executive Director of the Cameroon Coalition against malaria, and is the Chair of the Multilateral Initiative in Malaria (MIM) Secretariat launched on October 15, 2010 at the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1.
She was Head of Department at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Yaounde 1, and Director of the Biotechnology Centre of the same University until March 2013, when she retired.
The professor was elected International Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene ASTMH in 2015.
In the year 2012, she received the award for Excellence in Science from The Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) and a letter of congratulations from the President of the Republic and the First Lady.
Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke was beneficiary of the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award for Women, which recognizes female excellence in scientific research in 2011. She was recognized alongside 5 other women.
A Presidential Decree in November 2002, appointed her Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Medical Research Institute. She has held several international positions in the domain of health particularly in the fight against malaria and has also been President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS) from 1997-2000.
She is a member of the African Advisory Committee for Experts in Malaria (AACEM) and also Council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) for two terms: 1998-2004.
She serves as consultant on many committees for the World Health Organization (WHO).
Professor Rose Leke is one of twelve members of the Malaria Policy and Advisory Committee (MPAC), put in place by the Global Malaria Programme in WHO Headquarters that decides on policy for malaria at the Global level.