In August 2022, working group co-lead Ibrahim Ziri Zakarai (Abdou Moumouni University, Niger) participated in the HPDAKK Symposium on participatory herborization of medicinal plants. “HP” stands for “Herborisation Participative” and embodies a project focused on seeking and classifying medicinal plants through ethnobotanical identification, galenic ethnopharmacology, sociolinguistic approaches and the realization of herbarium samples. HPDAKK hopes to rescue traditional medicine knowledge for medical practicioners, researchers and PhD students. Endogenous medicinal knowledge, particularly in Western Africa, is mostly passed on by word of mouth and therefore is often lost when traditional medical practitioners die. The activity took place in three Togolese cities (Kpalimé, Atakpamé and Tabligbo). For more information, see the report (in French) here.
The group was working with a Research Assistant in 2021, who contributed to papers on emerging applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to crowdsourced data from health and transport sectors. Some of these results were then presented during an IEEE Conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (February 2022), and a paper has been published in the conference proceedings (IEEE Access Journal).