Natural Products Research for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA)
NAPRECA (www.naprecanetwork.net) is a network of natural products research scientists in East and Central Africa. The network tries to discover useful chemical principles that can be applied in human and animal health as well as agrochemicals in the region in conjunction with the rest of the world. The network was conceived by East and Central African scientist attending the "14th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products" in 1984 in Poland. The necessity of NAPRECA was borne from the realization that Africa was rich in biodiversity but poor in research and development in Natural Products. ISP support started in 1988.
NAPRECA branches are currently in: Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The network is coordinated by Professor Dr Sami A. Khalid, University of Khartoum, Sudan as its Executive Secretary since December 2013.
The main activities of NAPRECA are organization of biannual Natural Product Symposia, staging of thematic workshops, either along with the Symposia (pre-Symposium Workshops) or, in intervening years (Summer Schools), running a post-graduate scholarship in Natural Product science to
- Initiate, develop and promote research in the area of natural products in Eastern and Central Africa
- Coordinate and maintain regional links among research groups
- Foster research links with scientists in other parts of the world who are actively working in specific areas of natural products pertinent to Africa
In addition, NAPRECA, with sponsorship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), provides scholarships for students in East and Central Africa to pursue higher degree studies (MSc and PhD) in the region.
Professor Dr Sami A. Khalid, University of Khartoum