Lâ€™Oreal, the French science academy of UNESCO, chooses an Egyptian woman for best scientist out of top five, for the year 2010.
Professor Rashiqa El-Ridi of Cairo (Egypt) University specializes in immunology and zoology.
The award statement issued on October 17, 2009 stated that professor Rashiqa El-Ridi , a winner from Africa and the Arabic speaking countries, contributed to the development of a vaccine to help eradicate the cycle of Schistosomiasis.
Schistosomiaisis is a disease caused by parasitic worms. The parasitic worm, found in fresh water, comes in contact with human skin, penetrates it and causes infection. The Egyptian river Nile is contaminated because it is populated with a certain type of snail carrying the living schistosomes . Worldwide more than 200 million people are infected.
The Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, bilharziosis or snail fever) is a disease with a low mortality rate. However, the same disease may damage internal organs.
Prior to that respected award, Professor Rashiqa El-Ridi was excluded from an Egyptian honor incentive award.
Voice of the Copts congratulates Professor Rashiqa El-Ridi and wishes her the best in her scientific research and service to humanity.
One would hope that the Egyptian regime begins to recognize citizens who deserve awards based upon merit and not upon relationships with high ranking regime officers.