Research on the Efficacy of Bajakah by High School Students that Stirred Attention

Yazid and Aysa Aurealya when presenting to the Governor of Central Kalimantan and his staff about bajakah. Photo credit: 

The story of Aysa Aurealya Maharani, Anggina Rafitri, and Yazid from SMAN-2 Palangka Raya in Central Kalimantan is an inspiring tale of scientific discovery and innovation. 

To see the form of bajakah, read: Bajakah: The Hallmark of Ecotourism in Kalimantan

These three talented students ventured into the forests of Kalimantan, driven by curiosity and a passion for research. There, they uncovered the medicinal potential of the bajakah (Latin: Spatholobus littoralisplant, specifically noting its possible efficacy in treating diseases like cancer, particularly breast cancer.

The discovery by students is appreciated by the Governor

Their discovery is significant not only for its potential impact on cancer treatment but also for showcasing Indonesian innovation on a global stage. 

Their research culminated in a gold medal at the World Invention Creativity (WICO) event in Seoul, South Korea, underscoring their scientific excellence and the broader implications of their findings for public health.

The recognition didn't stop there. The Central Kalimantan Provincial Government, led by Governor H. Sugianto Sabran, celebrated their achievement and pledged support for their further development. This included financial assistance and discussions on how to protect their discovery through Intellectual Property Rights (Hak atas Kekayaan Intelekual - HAKI) and expedite its application for the benefit of cancer patients.

An inspiration for young Indonesians

Their success story serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for young Indonesians, demonstrating that with dedication, support, and a collaborative effort between education, innovation, and government, groundbreaking scientific advancements can be achieved, even at a young age. It highlights the power of local talent and the potential for Indonesia to make significant contributions to science and technology on a global scale.

Ultimately, Aysa, Anggina, and Yazid's journey is not just about their personal achievements but about paving the way for future generations of scientists and innovators in Indonesia, contributing to a brighter future for both science and humanity.

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