Since 2003 the server of the RMCA hosts Prelude, a database of traditional medicinal plants created by J Lehmann and M. Baerts in 1993. Originally the database was created by the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL- Belgium).
From 1979 until 1984, the authors of the database, M. Baerts and J. Lehmann were sent by the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) on a mission of cooperation to the University of Burundi. In addition to their main mission of teaching and education, they led an ethnobotanic investigation in the field of human and veterinarian traditional medicine in the Zaire-Nile high crest region of the country. They were able to collect from more than 130 healers a great variety of plants. Each of these plants was the object of research on its uses, preparations and modes of administration.
On their return to Belgium all the data gathered from the healers (about 160.000) were classified, enabling the establishment of a description of their uses for every species of plants.
The information obtained has been the object of a series of publications, three of which appeared in the Annals of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.
The database, created in 1993, is since 2003 published on our website.