ZEF Public Lecture: An Overview of Medicinal Plants of Afghanistan

June 8, 2022 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mohammad Osman Babury (former Rector of Kabul University)

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Abstract: Afghanistan is a landlocked country and situated in the subtropical, dry zones of Central and Southwest Asia that have a continental climate characterized by desert, steppe, and high temperature and precipitation regimes. Biogeographically, Afghanistan is at the convergence of several vegetation types with its great altitudinal range adding to its diversity. The country is known as a resource base for many wild-collected medicinal and aromatic plants that are well-recognized in regional and international markets. Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) in Afghanistan represent important health and economic components of the country’s biodiversity. The country has a high floristic diversity and the flowering plants are estimated to be about 5,000 species with many of them endemic. Wild collection of MAPs has a long history in the country and it contributes to traditional medicine and the local economies of the populations. Afghanistan has been exporting many such products for more than a century. The country has a long history of the use of medicinal plants and natural ingredients for health care. The therapeutic applications of these species have been documented in several well-known traditional sources of Afghan traditional medicine, including Afghanistan Traditional Medicine (ATM), Unani Medicine, and folk traditions from various ethnic groups across the country.


Prof. M Osman Babury has worked as a professor of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Kabul University. He was working during last more than 30 years as an academic staff and since 2001 as a professor with a focus on teaching and researching Pharmacognosy, Phytotherapy and different aspects of medicinal plants including resource assessment and management of medicinal plants in Afghanistan. Babury completed his BS and MS in Pharmaceutical Science at Pyatigorsk Pharmaceutical Institute in Russia and completed his PhD at the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany. He has been the dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kabul University, worked as general director of the Pharmacy Authority at the Ministry of Public Health, Vice-chancellor for academic affairs at Kabul University, deputy minister and also as an acting minister of the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan. During almost the last two years, before the collapse of a democratic regime in Afghanistan, Babury worked as the President of Kabul University.



Fazlullah Akhtar

Dr. Fazlullah Akhtar