It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely death of Professor Philippe Rasoanaivo on Wednesday 13 July 2016 from a heart attack. 

Prof Philippe Rasoanaivo, a phytochemist from Madagascar, won the 2015 Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for using traditional medicine to improve efficacy of existing drugs for brain disorders and also treating sexual dysfunction among men. He had just been awarded the prize at the last General Assembly meeting in Kasane, Botswana, in June, 2016. He has been a Fellow of the Academy from 2013.

Prof Rasoanaivo worked for both the Institut Malgache de Recherches Appliquées, Fondation Rakoto Ratsimamanga (Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, Rakoto Ratsimamanga Foundation) and the University of Antananarivo. Prof Rasoanaivo a natural product chemist had made huge contributions in ethnobotany-based drugs – those derived from plants used in traditional knowledge -and phytomedicines.

He is survived by his wife and daughters.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.