KNUST Gets International Recognition, Wins Prestigious Award

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in partnership with the Bonn University of Germany and others, has found a treatment for Onchocerciasispopularly called River Blindness, caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. It is transmitted to humans through exposure to repeated bites of infected blackflies.
The team also found a treatment for Lymphoedema or elephantiasis.
The breakthrough has since, received international recognition and the prestigious German Memento Preis Award for this year in Berlin.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor William Otoo Ellis, who disclosed this at the 49th Congregation of the KNUST in Kumasi said, the feat has earned KNUST a three-million euro grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research for the establishment of Elephantiasis Management Clinic in some endemic communities in the country.
Dr. Yaw Debrah, is the lead scientist from KNUST who partnered with scientists from Bonn University to find the cure for the two diseases.
 
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