The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international organization founded in 1987 and based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. OWSD is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. OWSD is creating a network of outstanding women scientists who can provide mentorship and be role models for the next generation of women leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
This prestigious award is purposed to support Dr. Alice Nabatanzi establish an environment at Makerere University where she can maintain an international standard of scientific research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.
Dr. Nabatanzi, a Lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University is enthusiastic about partaking society changing research, especially the burden of non-communicable diseases in African societies in addition to nutritional deficiencies among the vulnerable marginalized groups (pregnant women, school-going children, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the elderly). She believes unexploited biomolecules are the answer to the cure for new disease pathogens and health conditions affecting the majority of Ugandans and the world at Large. Africa is a hub of biomolecules majority of which have not been exploited. For her OWSD AWARD, Dr. Nabatanzi’s major research focus will be the burden of postpartum hemorrhage in Uganda.
Dr. Nabatanzi will for the next three years build on her leadership and management skills, and develop connections with public and private sector partners to convert her scientific research findings into marketable and patentable products.
Through her already established NAPIANA network (Natural Products Industry Advancement Network Africa i.e. https://cns.mak.ac.ug/blog/