Professor Rose Leke : a pioneer of health in Africa

Professor Rose Leke, a world-renowned Cameroonian scientist, has been awarded the prestigious 2024 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize for Africa and the Arab States. This prize honors her outstanding contributions to health research, particularly on malaria, and her commitment to inspiring future generations of scientists.

By the editorial staff

From her childhood in Buea, a small town at the foot of Mount Cameroon, Professor Rose Leke always had a passion for science. Fascinated by biology and the mysteries of nature, she decided early on to dedicate her life to medical research. After earning her medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, she pursued further studies in the United States, where she received a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California.

A Commitment against Malaria

Upon returning to Africa, Rose Leke focused on studying malaria, a disease that causes thousands of deaths each year on the continent, especially among children. Her work is crucial for understanding how this disease spreads and how it can be combated. Her research has helped develop prevention and treatment strategies that have saved countless lives.

A leader in the scientific community

Beyond her research, Professor Leke is also recognized for her leadership in the African scientific community. She has held key positions in several international health organizations and has been a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO). Her expertise is often sought after to formulate public health policies in Africa and beyond.

Inspiring the next generation

Professor Leke is passionate about teaching and mentoring. She has trained and inspired hundreds of medical students and young researchers across the continent. She firmly believes that education is the key to solving public health challenges in Africa. At the University of Yaoundé I, where she has taught for many years, she is known for her exceptional teaching methods and dedication to her students.

International recognition

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize is a recognition of her exceptional work and impact on science and society. By receiving this award, Professor Leke joins an exclusive circle of female scientists who have made significant contributions to history. This distinction highlights not only her scientific excellence but also her role as a model for young girls and women aspiring to a career in science.

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