A Roundtable Discussion Hosted by

Andrew J. Young Foundation – PROMETRA International – Morehouse School of Medicine


The Andrew J. Young Foundation (AJYF) in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and PROMETRA International will discuss the groundbreaking lab results of testing indigenous African plant-based extracts against the Ebola virus by the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Testing of these herbal extracts against live Ebola virus by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland in their BSL-4 laboratory found that it “demonstrated an ability to inhibit infection of culture cells with an authentic Ebola/Zaire virus.”

Ambassador Andrew Young, chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation, and Dr. Virginia Floyd, associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine and board member of the Foundation, facilitated the delivery of medicinal herbal products (used by African traditional healers in Senegal) provided by Dr. Erick V. A. Gbodossou of PROMETRA International, an NGO in Dakar, Senegal, to Morehouse School of Medicine for extraction.

An extract of these plant compounds were then provided to the USAMRIID for testing against live Ebola virus in their BSL-4 laboratory, one of only 6 labs in the country designated to contain an infectious disease such as the Ebola virus. 

This research is a result of the continuing partnership between Morehouse School of Medicine, the Andrew J. Young Foundation and PROMETRA International with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place since 2010. This partnership was created to improve the health and well-being of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

The round table will discuss the use of African traditional medicines to treat other illness for centuries.

Andrew J. Young Foundation (www.andrewjyoungfoundation.org)

The Andrew J. Young Foundation develops, implements and maintains international programs that are structured to aid the startup and capacity of public-private partnerships on health, nutrition, education, economic growth and democracy. With Ambassador Andrew Young as the lead project advocate, the Foundation also promotes more just and prosperous communities in the U.S. and globally by developing and supporting new generations of multiracial leadership; supporting efforts in four areas that reflect Andrew Young’s work as a pastor, activist, ambassador, and elected official -- Community and Faith-based Initiatives; Civil Rights and Civic Participation; International Humanitarian Initiatives; and Public Service.

PROMETRA International (www.prometra.org)

PROMETRA International was established in 1971, and is an international NGO headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, whose purpose is to preserve African traditional medicine, culture and indigenous science through research, education, advocacy and practice.  It works to improve the health and wellbeing of global communities through the use of quality traditional medicine and indigenous science, and building bridges between modern and traditional systems of health care. PROMETRA International has twenty-six (26) chapters in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and USA. All chapters are officially recognized by their governments and maintain a national and regional partnership network that includes government ministries, civil society organizations and grass roots organizations. PROMETRA International conducts scientific research, hosts international conferences and cultural exchanges, and coordinates a diaspora wide network. PROMETRA International partners with academic institutions throughout Africa, USA, Asia and Europe. It is a grantee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, UNDP, European Union and other international funders. 

Morehouse School of Medicine (www.msm.edu)

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for fulfillment of its  social mission.  Faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy.   The School is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Morehouse School of Medicine mission is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color. Morehouse School of Medicine awards the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science in Clinical Research (M.S.C.R.), Master of Science in Biomedical Research (M.S.B.R.), and the Master of Science in Biomedical Technology (M.S.B.T.) degrees and trains community health workers. The Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology conducts the HIV/AIDS and Ebola research activities and Dr. Michael Powell is lead researcher.

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) (www.usamriid.army.mil/)

Since 1969, USAMRIID has served as the Department of Defense's (DoD) lead laboratory for medical biological defense research.  While our core mission is to protect the warfighter from biological threats, we also investigate disease outbreaks and threats to public health.  Research conducted at USAMRIID leads to medical solutions—therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, and information—that benefit both military personnel and civilians. USAMRIID is a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.