WE-Malaria Project


World Education Foundation, Falling Whistles and implementing local Congolese entrepreneurs are assisting rural farmers in cultivating and transporting raw quinine to Pharmakina manufacturing pharmacy in South Kivu, DRC.  This initiative includes training in sustainable farming techniques, creating value chains, logistics support  and improving market linkages to ensure sustainability.

Since the commitment was made in March of 2011, nearly 56 tons of quinine have been cultivated and delivered to Pharmakina, in the city of Bukavu. The raw material has been able to be processed into 364,651 treatments for malaria. 

Nearly 80% of the participants have been able to increase their production and sell of quinine, within 3 months of entering the program. Along with saving thousands of lives from the end product, the program has created over 100 new direct or indirect jobs, in farming, pharmaceutical and transportation industries. Over 2 million trees have been planted to improve soil and water management. The project has succeeded in increasing the incomes of individuals in post-war regions, helping them improve their socio-economic sustainability. 


WE-Foundation looks to implement health care services to participants within the program in 2014.


Severe malaria kills nearly 1 million people each year, mainly young children and pregnant women. Severe malaria is often the main reason why children are admitted to hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, and one in ten of these children die. In reaction to this endemic disease, the World Education Foundation has engaged in research to quantify and develop a quinine based anti-malarial treatment project in Bukavu, DR Congo. Quinine is derived from a plant-base bark, which used as a medicine, cures malaria. This pilot-project will allow local entrepreneurs and farmers to cultivate, transport and process raw Quiniquina from the Tshibinda, Volcan Rumoka and Nyiragongo mountains, outside of Bukavu. It’s the World Education Foundation’s belief that the production of plant-based quinine will revitalize a pre-war industry and remains the most sustainable and cost effective treatment for malaria within the region at this time.