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Wirsiy Odette Leila, Herbal Gardens for Schools (HG4S)

The culture and custom associated with traditional medicine is fading yet the World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world’s population is dependent on traditional herbs for their primary health care needs. Wirsiy Odette Leila works out of Bamenda, Cameroon, where only 3 out of 20 patients are able to purchase drugs from hospitals and 1 out of 1,000 are able to see a specialist. To help bring resources to all, she has created Herbal Gardens for Schools (HG4S), where teachers, community members and medical professionals engage in a 2-day workshop centered on herbal education kits. As a result of the workshops, schools integrate Herbal Clubs in addition to a ten square meter plot for the establishment of medicinal plants.