YORUVA, Namibia — The health of millions of people in northern Africa has been devastated by decades of drought and severe disease, but the world’s oldest-surviving traditional herbal medicine has found its place in the hands of thousands of people and has become the drug of choice in the region.
Vervain, a plant popular in Yoruba communities, was once the staple of the diet of hundreds of thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country of roughly 20 million people, and is now widely available in Europe, South America and the United States.
But it’s not just a traditional medicine.
It has also been used for centuries in Africa and has also helped combat some of the world is most deadly diseases, including tuberculosis and malaria, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
More than 50 million people worldwide are expected to suffer from some form of chronic disease by 2030, and more than 6.7 million of them will die prematurely from chronic diseases, the U.N. says.
And more than 1.5 million people will die from tuberculosis this year, a higher death toll than any other disease, the World Health Organization says.
While it’s hard to quantify the impact of the Doron drug, it is likely to have a positive impact on health and improve the quality of life for some people in the world, including those in impoverished countries in Africa.
According to the World Bank, the Doran plant is the second most widely used herbal medicine in Africa, after the yam.
And it is a potent remedy for several chronic diseases that can make people sick or kill them.
Yoruba, which have no modern technology to produce Doron, have been cultivating the plant since the 19th century.
The plants are native to East Africa and have been used in traditional medicine since the 14th century, but they’ve also been imported into Europe and the U