Rokia Sanogo


Professor Rokia SANOGO, Doctor of Pharmacy, PhD in Pharmacognosy, the first female professor and holder of the CAMES (African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education) qualification in Pharmacy in Mali, teaches Pharmacognosy, Phytotherapy, and Traditional Medicine.

Her activities in training, research, and development in traditional medicine have led to the supervision of more than 100 theses, the publication of 110 articles on medicinal plants, and the development of phyto-medicines. Professor Rokia SANOGO is the Head of the Traditional Medicine Department, a center of excellence for the Traditional Medicine program of the West African Health Organization (WAHO 2015). She is an WAHO, WHO, OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organization), and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) expert.

For CAMES, she was a CTS (Scientific and Technical Committee) member for Medicine and Pharmacy from 2015 to 2020 and served on the aggregation competition jury (2018, 2020). She is the recipient of the KWAME NKRUMAH Prize for Women Scientists of the African Union 2016, a Member of the Mali Academy of Sciences, a Member of the Malian Society of Phytotherapy, and the General Secretary of the African Society of Phytotherapy.

In 2018, she was a speaker at the scientific days of Ogobagna on the valorization of Traditional Medicine resources. She is the vice-president of the scientific commission of the Humanities Network of Mali. She is an expert of the sub-Saharan Africa regional program of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women and Science (2019). Furthermore, she is the Coordinator of the Thematic Research Program on African Pharmacopoeia and Traditional Medicine of CAMES (PTRC PMTA).

She is the Vice-President of the WHO Regional Committee of Experts on Traditional Medicine in response to COVID-19 (2020). In 2021, she won the first Galien Africa Prize for the best product from the African pharmacopoeia, the BALEMBO® syrup, which was used against dry cough associated with Covid-19. As coordinator of the thematic program on African Pharmacopoeia and Traditional Medicine of CAMES (PTRC PMTA), she won the 1st prize of the 2nd edition of the Macky Sall Prize for research of CAMES 2022. This was in the context of the call for applications on “the resilience of the economies of CAMES area countries in the face of international crises.” The PTRC PMTA project is titled “Research and Innovation Platform for the Production and Marketing of Medicines for Human and Veterinary Use from the African Pharmacopoeia.”

Professor Rokia Sanogo has recently participated in the First World Health Organization Global Summit on Traditional Medicine, on August 17 and 18, 2023, in Gandhinagar (India).