How phage technology is taking over Africa

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Bacteriophage technology (phage therapy) has been evolving for many years around the world, but it cannot be compared to chemical drug technology. Chemical drugs were thought to be a highly effective weapon against bacterial pathogens until the twentieth and twenty-first centuries when antibiotic resistance skyrocketed. Antibiotics are in short supply, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Even new drugs in development could not solve the superbug problem, necessitating the need for a more effective alternative. Some organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have already shifted their focus to using bacteriophages as a promising alternative to combating this disaster.

Africa's role in the advancement of phage technology

Instead of being an isolated continent where new technology takes decades to emerge, several pioneer scientists are working hard to bring phage technology on board as a promising alternative. As a result, more experiments and research on bacteriophage applications (veterinary medicine, animal production, sanitation, human medicine, and crop production) are being conducted in Africa.
African phage scientists established a platform for African members with the help of the Phage directory. The mission of the African Phage Forum (APF) is to provide a platform for researchers to encourage scholarship, collaboration, and mentorship, as well as to advance phage research in Africa. Members of the forum come from a variety of academic backgrounds (undergraduates, postgraduates, and established researchers).

Scientists have joined forces to form multidisciplinary teams that can make them achieve their common goal of providing the world with a solution to antibiotic resistance. examples of successful teams are the Ibadan phage research team from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and Phage Team Uganda from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Similar groups are in many other African countries such as Kenya, South Africa, and Egypt just to mention a few.

The projects carried out by these teams involved collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, policymakers, legislators, science Professors, Academia, media personnel, investors, and scientific researchers who all have similar perspectives on the use of natural enemies of bacteria to improve health, food, nutrition, and economic security, particularly through aquaculture.


Milestone 

Significant advances in this technology have been made in Africa; however, good is not good enough; scientists in Africa are hoping that their sweat will result in the authorities legalizing their products for treatment. A number of bacteriophage-related studies have been published by African scientists. This indicates that, as the number of these particles increases, public awareness of them grows. International, national, and institutional funders are also stepping forward to help African scientists spearheading this revolutionary idea.

If Africa has faith in its scientists, it will not be long before great life-saving solutions emerge from this continent. Africa's and the world's governments should support the continent's outstanding scientists.

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  1. thats so amazing. i hope one day phage will be accepted all over

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  2. Wonderful 👏 👏 post. Lets pull the strings

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