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Faith Philemon Mabiki

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Project- Valorization of potentials of Synadenium glaucescens (SG), phytochemicals for management of important human and animal diseases 

Grantee Description

Faith Philemon Mabiki received a Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Chemistry and Microbiology in 2002 at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, a Master of Research in Clean Chemical Technology (Green Chemistry) from the University of York in the UK in 2007 and  a PhD  in Natural Products at Tanzania’s Sokoine University Agriculture in 2013. She has been trained at the German Bioresources Centre on chemicals from bioresources, specialising on biogas production from plant wastes.

She has also been trained in the United Kingdom and Kenya on the use of analytical instruments and techniques for natural products analysis and identification, which include HPLC and GCMS. Mabiki teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervises research and special projects at Sokoine University of Agriculture in chemistry. Mabiki is a very active academic and researcher having published more 15 papers and three book chapters and successfully applied for three patents. She has supervised more than of 20 special undergraduate projects, 8 MSc and 5 PhD students. She is member of various institutional, national and international organisations that include the Tanzania Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Natural Products Research Network of Eastern and Southern Africa (NAPRECA).

Project- Valorization of potentials of Synadenium glaucescens (SG), phytochemicals for management of important human and animal diseases 

The project involves valorising some formulated SG phytoproducts, a medicinal plant which is traditionally used in Tanzania for treatment of some human and animal diseases.  Her project arises from patents she obtained during her PhD on antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal capacity of the extracts from the plant. Through this project, the products which are Syna soap, Syna syrup and Syna cream will be studied. In order to add value of these products the mixed compounds that contribute to their activity against Skin fungal infections and coughing will be identified and tested for their proper doses. This will contribute to proper labelling and packaging, which will build more confidence to customers when buying the products.

Furthermore, a method to check their quality will be developed and validated for their quality control. Capacity building on formulations of phytoproducts, screening, testing, judicial use of medicinal plants and quality control will be done to post-graduate studies, technical, academic staffs as well as traditional healers. This will ensure the continuity of flow of knowledge and will enhance the commercialisation of Syna products. Generally, the project will contribute to smooth entry of Phytoproducts into both the local, regional and international market in Tanzania.

The immediate output will include five publications in peer review journals, 15 compounds characterised and tested, a capacity building workshops, a community of practice and characterised products with proper packaging and labelling ready for market entry.