Dr Ato Duncan, Executive President of the Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission, claims he has found a potential cure for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). As a result, he moved a step further to launch a Research Fund to solicit support from the public in the quest of finding a lasting cure to one of the world’s deadly diseases, HIV.
Many individuals, especially in the unorthodox industry or traditional herbal practitioners, have also made similar claims without scientific proof or otherwise. However, Dr Ato Duncan, as a scientist, has engaged the services of research institutions like the Mampong Centre for Scientific Research, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, and other well known and recognised research institutions in Ghana and South Africa to establish this claim.
According to him, he has singlehandedly invested as much as US$20 million into engaging the various research institutions to establish the efficacy of the formula as a potential cure to HIV. Currently, the Centre needs between US$100 million to US$200 million to complete the research, which will make Ghana the first country to find a cure to what can now be described as a non-curable disease.
At the press conference to launch the research fund, the Executive President for the Centre stated that although they had since been collaborating with the Ghana AIDS Commission in a discovery for the cure, the Commission, on the other hand, has made it clear to him that it has not got the capacity to fund the project.
Also, no state agency has expressed interest in supporting his research work into discovering what would put the name of Ghana on the map of medicine. Meanwhile, many advanced countries are investing millions in their research institutions to discover a cure for HIV, which infects a kind of white blood cell called a CD4 lymphocyte, a key player in the immune system response.
Dr Ato Duncan and his Centre of Awareness’s inability to attract funds, especially from state institutions, is, however, not surprising, because Ghana is one of the countries that least invests into critical research projects or implements research findings.
Although The Chronicle is a bit skeptical about this potential cure, thereby urging the public not to jubilate yet, and also those infected by the virus to continue with the antiretroviral drugs, it wants to call on the government to invest in this research.
The Chronicle believes it will be more appropriate for the government to allocate funds into projects of this nature. More often, Ghana relies on researches carried out elsewhere to solve problems that are peculiar and sometimes do not achieve the expected outcomes.
To The Chronicle, Ghana’s capacity to conduct her own research or implement those that have been done and are on the shelves collecting dust is very important in pushing the country towards that goal.
Even though it is too early for anyone to jubilate over the Centre of Awareness’ formula find, The Chronicle wants to commend Dr Ato Duncan on the strides made so far to stop the virus, the HIV cure requires finding viral reservoirs, “waking” them up, and making them visible for Support, since HIV hides inside the DNA of healthy T cells, a place where current medicines are unable to reach.