Nonhlanhla Dlamini

Researcher

Small is beautiful for Nonhlanhla Dlamini. In fact, the smaller the better. Dlamini has always been fascinated by microorganisms. She has a BTech degree from Natal Technikon and her master's research project was used by the national department of minerals and energy to establish a standard for paraffin in 2004. Dlamini is a PhD candidate investigating the potential of African traditional medicine to treat Kaposi's sarcoma � a type of cancer affecting almost 40% of HIV-infected people. The 29-year-old from Durban went to Paris this year to receive a Unesco and L'Oreal sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Science � only conferred on 15 women scientists around the world. Dlamini hopes her research will "raise African traditional medicine to the status enjoyed by Western medicine�, and also "close the gap between traditional healers and scientists�. � Percy Mabandu

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