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Victor Anomah Ngu (1926–2011) was a Cameroonian professor, researcher and one time Minister of Public Health. The Professor became famous after inventing VANHIVAX (see Lachenal 2017), a vaccine he affirmed is an immunological solution in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Victor Anomah ngu
Buea, Cameroon
Died2011 (aged 84–85)
OccupationProfessor, Researcher

He died at the Yaoundé University Teaching Hospital, CHU, after a protracted illness on 14 June 2011.[citation needed]



After passing his Secondary school days at the prestigious St. Joseph's College, Sasse, Buea Cameroon]; he moved to the University of Ibadan (1948–1950), St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the University of London (1951–1954).


Professor of Surgery, University of Ibadan (1965–1971); Professor of Surgery, Université de Yaoundé (1971–1974); Vice Chancellor, Université de Yaoundé (1974–1982); President of the Association of African Universities (1981–1982); Minister of Public Health, Government of Cameroon (1984–1988); Director of the Cancer Research Laboratory, Université de Yaoundé (1984 - ); Founder - Hope Clinic Cameroon (1991)

Professional careerEdit

  • 1965–1971 Professor at the University of Ibadan
  • 1971–1974 Professor at the University of Yaoundé
  • 1974 - 1982 Vice Chancellor of the University of Yaoundé
  • 1981–1982 President of the Association of African Universities
  • 1984–1988 Minister of Public Health, Cameroon
  • 1984 Director of the Cancer Research Laboratory, University of Yaoundé
  • 1991 Founded Hope Clinic Cameroon


The professor emeritus received a number of awards and distinctions

• Grand Commander of the National Order of Valour in Cameroon[citation needed]

• Albert Lasker Medical Research Award in Clinical Cancer Chemotherapy[citation needed]

• Dr. Samuel Lawrence Adesuyi Award and Medal by the West African Health Community[citation needed]


Lachenal, Guillaume

2017 The Cultural Politics of an African AIDS Vaccine The Vanhivax Controversy in Cameroon, 2001–2011. In Cultures Without Culturalism. K. Chemla and E.F. Keller, eds. Pp. 69-98. Durham: Duke University Press.