La Maison de l’Artemisia is non-governmental organization (NGO), a non-profit under French law, which has been supporting for several years the players of the production, marketing and use of medicinal plants of the Artemisia genus in Africa, because of their anti-malarial power.
Indeed, several plants of this taxonomic genus have both prophylactic and curative properties against malaria. Known and used in Asia for 2500 years, Artemisia annua can be taken in herbal tea or tablets, according to specific protocols to prevent or cure malaria. Chinese researchers have extracted an active ingredient, artemisinin, which is the basis of the latest generation of anti-malarial drugs, but the plant itself contains dozens of active ingredients, which form a synergy together, making the treatment effective at a fraction of the cost of conventional medicine. It seems to be also be effective against schistosomiasis and other diseases. Artemisia afra, of African origine, is also effective, and deserves to be cultivated and protected in its region of origin.
In 2017, we coordinated the design and writing of a research project for this organization, as an answer to the call for projects of Sud Experts Plantes by the French Development Research Institute. 7th out of 165 projects presented, this project is on a complementary funding list. Do not hesitate to write us if you are interested in supporting or collaborating.
We also supported this organization in structuring the information and communication network between its members in Africa, proposing an innovative plan, adapted to the realities of communication on this continent, and enhancing mutual learning.
We also supported free of cost Karire Products, a social enterprise producing and distributing Artemisia, catnip and other medicinal plant products in Burundi, one of the countries suffering from a strong resurgence of malaria, in its actions of communication on social networks (here among other places).