University of Namibia Professor publishes two books

Prof Kazhila Chinsembu, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Namibia (UNAM)

An accomplishment reflects the potential and hard work. Whatever that accomplishment may be, whether professional or personal, the winner deserves words of praises.

NEPAD-SANBio would like to congratulate Prof Kazhila Chinsembu from the University of Namibia on his recently published books titled Indigenous Knowledge of Namibia and Green Medicines: Pharmacy of Natural Products for HIV and Five AIDS-related Infections. Prof Kazhila Chinsembu is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Honorary Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Lusaka, Zambia. He is a recipient of the UNAM meritorious award for best academic staff member in 2012. He also received the UNAM best research and publications award in the Faculty of Science in 2011.

Prof Chinsembu teaches the following courses: Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Biometrics, Microbial Evolution, Microbial Principles and Processes, Genetics, and Applied Genetics. He also works and writes on the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants and he is the chair of the Namibia steering committee on the scientific validation of traditional medicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

 “Humans and other animals depend on oxygen produced by plants through photosynthesis. Without this oxygen from green plants, there would be no human and animal life on earth. In the same way, human and animal health depends on natural medications from green plants. Our health is dependent on green medicines, healing chemicals found in green plants. We depend on the power of green medicines from green plants to cure many diseases. Without plants, we can wake up dead. Green Medicines: Pharmacy of Natural Products for HIV and Five AIDS-related Infections, the first of its kind in green medicine research, shows you how Mother Nature's free gift of green plants may help with AIDS, malaria, TB, and various skin diseases,” said Prof Chinsembu.

“I feel awesome. It’s a lot of hard work, took three years to do this book, but it’s worth the effort,” Prof Chinsembu replied when asked how he felt about reaching this milestone, adding that “if knowledge is the road out of poverty, books are the wheels needed for the journey.”

NEPAD-SANBio urges member states and stakeholders to share their successes with us so that the information can be disseminated throughout the region.