Alice Hoists Rwandan Flag high as Best African Researcher on Cancer

Posted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:04/12/2017
The Rwandese female finished 4th amongst the best African researchers about cancer in the summit that took place at Mauritius island. She is the only Easter African to be awarded in this year.

As part of the “Merck Stem Program for Women and Youth”, the UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit, MARS 2017 held in Mauritius with the aim to empower Women and Youth in Research under the patronage of the Head of State of The Republic of Mauritius, H.E. Ameenah Gurib Fakim.

Alice Umuhoza and Dr. Musango Laurent

Alice Umuhoza holds the Rwanda’s flag higher  thanks to the research she conducted on cancer disease immediately she was in year 6, General Medecine at the University of Rwanda, in the faculty of health.  She collected samples of students doing internship in health realm because cancer disease has amplified number of deaths due to ignorance and late treatment and lack of appropriate equipment in the laboratory to treat patients.

The young female was not surprised to feature in the 2017 African research summit better known as Mars because  she  happened to attended the 2016 research summit  held in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. She is among the blessed to be invited in the international summits as she told Inyarwanda.com yesterday.

‘’Research gives birth to further knowledge benefit and influences development.  As the consequence , I am doing it. I got this award because of my research contributing a lot to peoples’ wellbeing,’’ she said.

Alice added that her twice participating in the summit benefited her in one way or another for she managed to learn different types of cancer  diagnosis and vaccines that will help people prevent  from the disease.

‘’I feel pity for when I see people dying because there is no vaccine! Much as skill is not adequate enough but there is hope research attempts will avail positive response.’’

She complemented ‘’I encourage the youth to believe in themselves and work on their goals. Self-determination is my weapon to arrive at my dreams despite challenges and distractions. It just needs working with other so, nothing impossible!’’

Alice Umuhoza (Left) was handed award by CEO of WHO in Mauritus, Dr. Musango Laurent (right).

 Alice Umuhoza spawned in the North of Rwanda, Musanze District. Studied primary school at Muhoza, she moved on to Fawe Girls School whither she completed high school. She said she had that dream to become doctor from early childhood.  

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on the role of scientific research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development, two emerging challenges in Africa. The Summit also seeks to showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities and the wider African research community according to Dr Rasha Kelej, President of Merck Stem Program and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Summit and Chief Social Officer, Merck Healthcare. 

The summit is a unique opportunity for Africa’s young and women scientists to share their research output and findings with the top echelon of scientists from Africa and abroad. It is also an opportunity for networking and career development.

In 2016, UNESCO and Merck celebrated outstanding African Women Researchers for the first time. Kenya, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Uganda and Ethiopia ranked in the top places for the Merck Africa Women Research Awards on women health in Africa.


Alice poses with The UN representative,Umutoni Christine

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