Who we are ?
IDAY deals with education in Africa. Why take an interest in a plant?
There is evidence that health has an impact on the quality of education. The results of the School Gardens projects in place since 2008 show a decrease in the absenteeism of the children and the teachers, an increase in school results and a decrease of the healthcare costs of the establishments (budget which is released for other projects).
It should also be noted that 3 crises of malaria before the age of 5 decrease by 15% the cognitive abilities of the child.
What is our strategy for the project Artemisia?
Our goal is to prove the evidence, observed on the ground, through an international scientific study for the World Health Organization to lift its reservations. IDAY + Kenyatta University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct this research in accordance with WHO requirements.
Financing of new school gardens: more young people need to be trained throughout Africa to grow the plant. In 2010, in a pilot program promoted by IDAY-Kenya in the Kisumu region of Kenya, an area severely affected by malaria, Artemisia annua was planted by students from two secondary schools. Preventive treatment with tea has proven to be surprisingly effective. School absenteeism disappeared and health expenditure has fallen by 80%. Student performance has skyrocketed. As a result of this success, many schools in Kenya have adopted the plant and Artemisia annua projects have also been launched by IDAY members in Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Gabon, DRC , Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The results are all in the same direction ... so we must continue!
The school garden budget includes irrigation, tools and training (technical support given by agronomists to young people who start a project).
In addition, IDAY supports Youth Clubs: young people who have invested in the cultivation of Artemisia annua in their school, keep 10% of the seeds in order to bring them to other schools. In addition to the seeds, they bring their knowledge necessary to the culture.
Once the crop is launched, the project no longer requires external investment since it is managed locally.
The results of the scientific studies combined with the results obtained in the field will give confidence to the World Health Organization and the Ministers of Health who may decide to switch to an official use of Artemisia annua in their country. The Artemisia annua is attracting growing interest among governments of the African continent, due in particular to the growing difficulties encountered with official programs, both in terms of resistances to distributed pharmaceutical products and financially.
Why does this campaign
Artemisia for Africa
reflect the philosophy
of IDAY-International ?
This project reflects IDAY-International's philosophy because it is about strengthening the skills of local people, providing them with the means to care for the fourth deadly disease of the continent, releasing them from international aid in an affordable, replicable and sustainable way, and convincing governments to adopt the plant through various advocacy actions.
this network brings more than 500 organisations
of civil society
in 19 national coalitions together
IDAY is an organization launched
upon request of several associations from the African civil society.
The international network brings together 572 associations in
19 countries of Africa,
all united by a shared goal:
basic quality education for all African children and youth.