Other types of "benefits" for southern countries are already under way, or are planned, in collaboration with the Universities and the local socio-medical services. Jardins du Monde organises health training in this way. The role of women is encouraged in the treatment of the most common diseases by local medicinal plants, awareness of basic hygiene practices, and making the most of plant foods rich in essential nutrients, etc.
In Rwanda, the objective of the University of Liège is to eventually set up a light laboratory of pharmaceutical analysis, with the help of the Belgian development cooperation. Such an infrastructure could carry out extremely useful missions, totally independent from the commercial interests of pharmaceutical multi-nationals. This could involve the improvement of traditional local medicines (in the form of capsules, ointments, syrups etc.), but also the precise analysis of traditional medicines, or even the identification of falsified medicines, which, as is the case in Europe, are flooding into the African continent.
The pharmacognosy unit of the University of Liège has been internationally recognised for more than thirty years. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that it attracts researchers from all areas of the globe including, the Congo, Rwanda, Guinea, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Benin, Mauritius, Brazil, Colombia, Georgia, Ousbekistan, and Canada, in the context of University programmes financed by the University Cooperation to Development (CUD), the FNRS, the AUF (the Association of Francophone Universities), and European funding. In 2008, seven foreign researchers were working there, as well as six researchers from Liège who were also involved in the work.