Two Africans students invent soap which protects against malaria

  • Published in Health

Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso, and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi, have invented a soap that repels mosquitos!  Their invention, titled "Fasoaop" is made from shea butter, lemongrass oil, and other secret ingredients.

"After using the soap, it leaves on the skin a scent that repels mosquitoes," said Niyondiko. "In addition, waste water products contain substances that prevent the development of mosquito larvae, because the sanitation problem in Africa is one of the causes of mosquito vectors of malaria."

Malaria is an essential issue to tackle.  In 2010, there were 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in Africa.  Most of the affected individuals cannot afford medicines and anti-mosquito creams.

"So we thought of a repellent and larvicidal mosquito soap which will be accessible and affordable to the majority of the population, seeing that soap is a commodity product and especially not going to add other additional costs to the population," says Niyondiko.

Their invention earned them the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).  This competition, created by Berkeley MBA students, is designed to help entrepreneurs from around the world create ideas with a positive impact.  Niyondiko and Dembele came ahead of 650 other competitors from over 40 countries.  This is the first time that an African has win the competition.

"It is a feeling of joy and pride for us and for Africa in general," said Niyondiko. "It also shows that in Africa we are not back(ward) and that Africa's problems can be solved by Africans themselves."

And that's what's good,




After 5 years apart, man reunites with gorilla he released into wild

Damian Aspinall, a British conservationist, raised a young gorilla named Kwibi since he was an infant at Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. 

When Kwibi reached the age of 5, Damian released him into the wild in Gabon, West Africa.

Damian's "Aspinall Foundation" has been releasing captive gorillas back into the wild in West Africa for 10 years.

Five years after Kwibi was released, Damian went back to Gabon to see if he could find his old friend.  The short video is very touching!

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Sudanese pastor reunited with his family after 15 years

Cheing Chut, a pastor in Sudan had a heavy weight on his shoulders.  He knew he had to protect his family and his congregation from the violence against Christians in Sudan.

Cheing sent his family to the U.S. for protection, while he stayed behind to protect his congregation.  Things got worse after 9/11 when the U.S added Sudan to the list of terrorist nations.  This made it nearly impossible for Cheing to go to the U.S. to see his family.

All of that changed recently when he finally was able to meet his family at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.  Cheing, his wife, their six children, and now six grandchildren, had a happy and tearful reunion.

A warm welcome from Chieng's family

'We never thought this day would come,' said daughter Nyahon Chut. 'Praise God.'

And that's what's good,
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