Award for Ghana Homeopathy Project for their client audit at Mafi Seva rural clinics

The ‘Making Cases Count’ initiative

The ‘Making Cases Count’ initiative was created in order to bring about a culture where easily understood, trusted and salient information is regularly made available to all stakeholders in homeopathy. The Making Cases Count initiative supports, guides and incentives homeopaths to collect routine data with the aim of bringing about a culture where a significant proportion of homeopaths collect routine data from their patients in a format which will then be able to be transformed (i.e. anonymised, summarised and counted).

With the support of Homeopathy Action Trust, Ghana Homeopathy Project undertook to record data using the MYMOP outcome measure to capture the patient’s voice. Below is a summary of the results that were later entered into the MYMOP Awards competition.

Emperor treating patient

Certificate and prize for GHP’s Linda Shannon and Angelika Metzger

Ghana Homeopathy Project (GHP) has been providing free/low cost homeopathic treatment to people in Ghana since 2005. In 2012 a routine data collection system was initiated and piloted in GHP clinics. Patients reported the symptoms that bothered them the most using the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) form and homeopaths provided a ‘homeopathic diagnosis’.

Forms were completed from a total of 326 patients who had sought help from GHP-supported homeopaths during a 9.5 months window (17/11/2012 to 5/9/2013).

Of those patients for whom forms were completed, just over half (53.1%) were female, and the mean age of these patients was 40 years (range 2 to 100 years old).

Homeopaths reported 597 diverse ‘homeopathic diagnoses’ for the 326 patients. 29% of patients reported some form of ‘pain’ (e.g. ‘back pain’). Mental and emotional symptoms (depression, anxiety, etc.) accounted for around 8% of all homeopaths’ ‘clinical diagnoses’ and 10% of all symptoms reported by patients on the MYMOP forms. Around four fifths (79%, 256/326) of patients reported taking some form of medication at the time of their consultation.

This is the first audit of the work of GHP in Ghana. Both homeopaths’ and patients’ perspectives are reported which is an important strength of this dataset. This pilot demonstrated that it is possible to set up a routine data collection system at GHP-supported clinics.

Researcher and homeopath Ingrid Daniels accepting the prize on behalf of Ghana Homeopathy Project
Researcher and homeopath Ingrid Daniels accepting the prize on behalf of Ghana Homeopathy Project

The first MCC Awards competition were judged by MYMOP team of experts chaired by Honorary Professor of Health Services Research, Professor Kate Thomas (University of Sheffield), ​Dr Clare Relton (University of Sheffield)​, Kate Chatfield (University of Central Lancashire)and Miranda Castro (Homeopath USA).

GHP’s Angie Metzger and Linda Shannon were among the runners-up, gaining a certificate and prize of £50.00. If the homeopaths involved in Ghana Homeopathy would have been all fully registered GHP would have been in the running for one of the top prizes. Read the details here: http://www.makingcasescount.org/#!rewards/c170

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Training Homeopaths in Ghana

Thank_you_HeliosThe Ghana Homeopathy Project supports the Premier International School of Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine (PISHAM) based at North Kaneshie, Greater Accra, sending international lecturers, books and medicines to help train homeopaths in Ghana

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The Premier International School of Homeopathy and Alternative medicine (PISHAM) in Ghana. This school is a new and exciting educational environment offering a Diploma in Homeopathic Studies to an internationally recognised standard.
Its mentor institution is the Contemporary College of Homeopathy in the UK, who are the awarding body for our Diploma in Homeopathic Studies.

The school developed as a result of demand for a professional course in homeopathy in Ghana, following a long history of short courses, run by qualified homeopaths from overseas.

The vision is to offer people from Ghana (and elsewhere), the opportunity to become qualified homeopaths, with the potential to advance homeopathy as a viable primary healthcare service in Ghana.

The ethos is to provide an educational experience that motivates students and encourages a spirit of collaboration and co-operation among all invested in the development of the school and homeopathy in Ghana.

We also support the Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group (KHSG) further north in Kumasi, who run a one year First-Aid & Acute illness certificated course which, for those students with the commitment and passion to continue, can advance to the four year diploma course as at PISHAM.

Visiting the Ghana Homeopathy Project May 29th – June 11th 2014

jacqueline smithBy Jaqueline A. Smith

Mafi Seva

Chaperoned on the hot, sweaty and crammed ‘tro tro’ by PISHAM students Noble and Wisdom, we eventually made it to Mafi Seva, passing village after village of mud and breezeblock dwellings. The inhabitants, busy washing clothes or pounding cassava as we passed, always stopped to wave, smile and offer a ‘Good morning!’ or an ‘Akwaaba’

Clinic was in progress when we arrived and after the warm welcome of a hug from Janet (a project midwife and excellent cook) we joined volunteer midwife/homeopath Glenis Paulette and Emperor Tsamenyi who were treating a year-old boy with febrile convulsions. Having been given a remedy, it was now ‘watch and wait’ time. Soon the locked jaw loosened and he was able to take a little water.

Founding member of the excellent water project, Emperor took me on a tour to Buffalo river and later the dam, where I was impressed by the great amount of work achieved in the last twenty years to bring clean water to as many villages as possible. Thirty three at last count, I believe.

A truly committed and experienced convert to homeopathy, what Emperor is inspired by is the Homeopathy Project’s ability to help poor and vulnerable people in society, Since the early days of homeopathy’s inclusion at the clinic, he has seen many villagers being treated and cured of chronic illnesses and looks forward to expansion: ‘Yes, homeopathy will surely grow and continue to grow because we started small and now it is all over Ghana.’

Each day brought some new and some returning patients from nearby villages, having traversed on foot beneath the canopy of forest greenery or having sped in on motorbikes through the red dust.

All ages, from babies to grandparents, came with their various ailments in the hope that the power of the homeopathic medicine that that they’d heard about from a neighbour or a local nurse would help to heal their illnesses too.
Translations were carried out for us volunteers by Emperor. Noble and Wisdom helped greatly as well and received live experience of cases and the opportunity to try out some interviewing techniques themselves as plenty of patients arrived from early morning till late in the evening.

An opportunity for a chat with Glenis, who extolled the virtues of the project, made me aware of the often life-saving work done by both the project midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants and those based in the villages. Glenis had recently helped resuscitate a baby born not breathing whose recovery was completed with appropriate remedies. Glenis mentioned how much the MWs and TBAs had taken to using particular remedies, able to see the great difference homeopathy could make to both mothers and children in safer births and healthier post-birth recovery. Glenis’s input has been a great boon to their training and development and her own too. Admittedly, she says ‘It can be a bit scary working in that situation with little back-up.’ But the use of quick-acting homeopathic remedies has helped with that.

Providing us with three excellent meals a day, Janet contributes to the illusion that she is just ‘the cook’. Not so. Her welcome is emphatic when she says, ‘You come from faraway to help us and I am happy to do something for you.’ Janet is also a midwife on the project and so looks after pregnant and birthing mothers too. She has taken part in the homeopathic training and enjoyed it, saying, ‘I see that the project will be great in the future and I want to learn more and help as well as cooking.’

Kumasi

In Kumasi, exciting new project initiatives are afoot and I was happy to be taken to meet their instigator Bonsu Boaten,(a qualified homeopath who presently heads the Kumasi Study Group) by Solomon – an Accident & Emergency nurse in the local hospital. Solomon is, like Bonsu and the other members, incredibly keen to know as much about homeopathy as possible in order to put it into practice with the patients he sees on a daily basis. The courses being offered there in the near future will help remedy this.
I gave a talk on the history of homeopathy in the UK to various members of the Ghana Homeopathic Society, who were surprised at the present UK/European state of affairs but glad to be made aware of the advantages in practising in Ghana at this time. More enthusiastic would-be students came the next day to hear an ‘Introduction to Homeopathy’ presentation, confirming both the demand and necessity for homeopathic medicine as a more affordable and safer alternative to conventional options.

Grace at Pisham library
Grace at Pisham library

PISHAM

Onto PISHAM in Accra and the already-established school where I was happy to re-engage with the students who had been at Mafi Seva and delighted to meet again with Julius – and, for the first time, with Grace Rhoomes.
Both are incredibly committed individuals who have, despite recent family concerns, been offered land by local chiefs to build a clinic to serve the community as well as being in the middle of expanding the school in new premises.
2nd year student Noble remarked that ‘It’s a very good course. Some of the finest training anyone can have.’ While Wisdom had this to say: ‘Julius and Grace work very hard dedicating and devoting themselves to us and taking extra time for us when we don’t understand.’
Each of the students offered good ideas to help enrol more students next year and all sang the praises of the importance of their time in Mafi Seva working with volunteer homeopaths.

Barbara’s Village was a welcome ‘rest and be thankful’ after my whirlwind tour around the project with hot fresh coffee and char-grilled lobster kebabs, all to the sound of white horses rushing to the shore and the feel of ribbons of silky sand between my toes.

Volunteering in Ghana – an Adventure

By Michelle Shine

I came to Ghana with no expectations, having scratched three weeks out of my diary, I knew I was about to embark on a massive adventure. I had a heavy suitcase full of books and a return ticket in hand. I told Linda Shannon, my premier UK contact for the Ghana Homeopathy Project that I was happy to be used by GHP for my twenty odd years of homeopathic experience, and was only a little bit fazed by what this might mean. Over the last four years I’d travelled on my own to a handful of faraway places I’d never been to before, each one a step forward on my own healing path and every journey recorded with great pleasure in the old memory bank. But this trip was intended to be something a little bit different. On this trip I was to give something back as well as receive. The plan was that I would teach potency, susceptibility and chronic diseases to homeopathy students and I would take cases and prescribe in the little village of Mafi Seva (Mafi is the tribe) in the Tongo region, and also in outreach clinics.

Mafi Seva
Mafi Seva

I arrived in Ghana on a hot balmy night

and was met by Julius, the principle of Premier International School of Homeopathy and Alternative medicine (PISHAM) in Kasoa and Ben the taxi driver. I was already tired. My debut novel Mesmerised had only been published a few weeks previously and promoting it had been added to my general list of things to do in London: seeing patients, writing, preparing for my travels and taking care of personal business. So, with that in mind I began my stay with a day relaxing at Langma Beach. Grace, Course Leader at the School came to visit me and so we began a discourse that continued throughout my stay and one that soon blossomed into a beautiful friendship.

Langma Beach
Langma Beach
Grace, and stray dog
Grace, and stray dog

Then began two days of teaching at the homeopathy school in Kasoa, which is a suburb just outside Accra. The first day was the most fruitful, I feel. It was certainly the best attended. At one point, I had nine students in the class. I was to lecture on potency, a facet of homeopathy that I had studied in depth before writing my textbook What About the Potency? And I’m glad to say that my talk inspired a lively debate on the subject and food for thought for the students when I introduced ideas such as: the gentlest potency is not necessarily the lowest potency, but the potency most homeopathic to the case …

PISHAM students
PISHAM students

At lunchtime I was introduced to the delights of roast plantain cooked on a barbecue by the roadside and sweet, juicy mango, warm and ripe. The second day I found a little more challenging. My remit was to talk about ‘susceptibility’ a huge topic and that could be interpreted in many ways. My students were all in different years and I spent a while fishing for what they already knew about the subject, which seemed to differ from student to student. I desperately wanted to pitch it so they learned something new. In the end I can only hope that everyone took something away with them that they could incorporate to good effect in their own practices.

At the end of my second day I travelled for three hours in a taxi with Philip (he’s second on the left in the picture of students) over the Volta river and into the countryside to Mafi Seva where I stayed in the Mafi Seva community clinic that offers nursing, midwifery and homeopathy. The resident homeopath, who has been trained by volunteers with the Ghana Homeopathy Project, is an extremely charitable, softly spoken, hard working and jovial man that I only know as Emperor (I say ‘only’ because I have now been informed that all African people are given an African name at birth and a Christian name when they are baptised) and was immediately put to work as people come to the clinic at all hours of the day and night from all over Ghana, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days of the year. Volunteers and students come and go, but unbelievably, Emperor rises to the challenge of treating homeopathy patients without ever taking a break. And not only that, he also runs the Amurt project which has brought water to all of the villages in the Ghana Tongo region. The man is a legend in his own lifetime and also a character; he has a country and western ringtone on his two mobile phones that he sings along to whenever they ring, and they do permanently. On closing my eyes I felt I’d been teleported to Texas, and it provoked a yee-hah response from me every time.IMG_1022

Mafi Seva and its surrounding villages

house a farming community, and I would take a walk every evening through a world of mud huts with thatched roofs, and land growing corn, chilli and cassava, amongst other crops and a glut of churches, for every Christian denomination. I longed to experience a gospel service but unfortunately, I never got around to it. The people who visited the clinic as patients were predominantly poor and all desired more money, predominantly so they could pay for orthodox medical treatment that had already drained their financial resources to no avail. And yet, a way of life exists there that is comfortably slow and steeped in nature. Everyone says ‘hello’ in passing, ‘good morning’ or ‘good evening’. Children are exuberant and mostly smiling. I got the feeling that perhaps that was how life was in parts of the globe closer to home in some once-upon-a-long-ago time.

Village children
Village children

Judging by the cases we saw AIDS does not seem to be quite so rife in Ghana as it is in other African countries, but malaria is very prevalent. There is lots of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, which surprised me. Less surprising are the headaches, probably caused by the heavy loads that people carry on their heads, and the backaches and joint problems of the farming community. Many problems are brought on after a dream about a witch or some other belief in witchcraft. Impossible not to notice was the awful effects on the female reproductive system brought on by Depo Provera, the quarterly contraceptive injection. Ghanaians often don’t like using condoms, well who does? But the price women pay for a more drastic option is high.

I’ve been home for a week now, and have managed one very brief conversation with Emperor in which he advised me that he’d conducted ten follow-ups for of the cases I’d prescribed for and all of them had improved. But the most dramatic result that I encountered whilst there was a young woman who was brought to the clinic in an unconscious state. On examination:, she was cold to the touch and perspiring, her skin was very pale, her pulse was weak, and the lifting of her eyelids only revealed the whites of her eyes. I prescribed Veratrum album 200c, based on the observable symptoms. Within a short period of time her irises were visible through her semi-closed lids, and her forehead was warmer. We repeated the remedy after twenty minutes and she very quickly had the wherewithal to turn herself onto her side. Within an hour she was sitting up, and able to answer a few questions, and once she was able to walk, sent her home with some more Veratrum album 200c to take if her symptoms persisted.

In the few remaining days that I was to stay in Mafi Seva, between patients and the country and western twangs coming from his phone, I kept asking Emperor if he’d heard from the Veratrum album woman, to which he always replied in the negative but assured me that with a response like that to her remedy she was definitely going to be okay. I felt less sure, and needed to know from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

From left to right: Martin, Gideon and Philip (students). Then Gideon’s wife Abigail and Emperor holding Gideon and Abigail’s son Philip - in Mafi Seva
From left to right: Martin, Gideon and Philip (students). Then Gideon’s wife Abigail and Emperor holding Gideon and Abigail’s son Philip – in Mafi Seva

After six days in Mafi Seva I returned to Kasoa for another day of teaching, this time on Chronic Diseases which we tackled using miasms as a gateway. The student’s interest peaked when we discussed Cancer, especially when I divulged that all orthodox hormonal treatments are known to cause it. For lunch I was introduced to fried cassava and hot chilli sauce which is incredibly delicious, although unable to be savoured as I was requested to take the case of one of the student’s who was in the throes of an acute whilst I ate. The next day was spent in an outreach clinic, taking cases with the students who acted as my translators. When we took the case of a woman who was being very evasive with answers to our questions, I happened to mention to the student next to me that I was considering the remedy Arsenicum album. He immediately asked her if she trusted us (an Arsenicum album characteristic is not to trust their physician). She said yes, of course but I had to point out to him that he needn’t have asked that question, the way she was behaving told us everything we needed to know in that direction.

And then back again to Mafi Seva for another four days of continuous patients, and fresh organic foods prepared for us by the nurses and midwives. Whilst I was there I was invited to attend two births. The first was very joyful, a young first time mother who gave birth to a healthy baby. The second was a stillbirth, which left me saddened. Both babies were born in the early hours.

As night comes on about 6pm

and seemingly very quickly, everyone retires early and is up before dawn. One morning around 4am I heard drumming and singing coming closer and closer towards the clinic, I rushed out of my room to see what was going on. A long line of young people ran past to their own musical accompaniment, and I turned to one of the nurses who happened to be standing next to me and asked what they were celebrating.

‘They’re just jogging,’ she replied.

Just Joggin - the Mafi Seva way
Just Joggin – the Mafi Seva way

During my second stay in Mafi Seva Emperor put me out of my misery. He had seen the brother of our Veratrum album lady and was informed that she had completely recovered from her little episode. Oh, she of little faith! I was very relieved.

When I left Mafi Seva for the second time I was once again very tired. I think I must have seen around 60 patients in a relatively short period of time. So, I returned to the beach for a few days of relaxation before going home. I stayed at a place called Big Milly’s, owned by a British woman who is neither big nor called Milly, but who has a fabulous staff of very friendly people and an establishment with a very laid back atmosphere. It was the perfect place to reflect on a wonderful and satisfying experience.

Big Milly's
Big Milly’s
portrait of Michelle ShineMichelle Shine lives in London, England. For twenty years she ran a successful homeopathic practice. She is the author of What About the Potency? A homeopathic textbook now in its third edition and The Subtle Art of Healing, a novella which was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award in 2007. Her short stories have appeared in Grey Sparrow, Liar’s League, Epiphany, and several collections. Her debut novel, Mesmerised, is out now in paperback in the UK and on kindle worldwide. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University.

Homeopathic experiences in Ghana – Ingrid Daniels

THE GHANA HOMEOPATHY PROJECT

In September this year (2013) I, together with a group of three other experienced homeopaths and two doctor homeopaths from India went to Mafi Seva’s homeopathic clinic and five other outreach clinics to treat local people with homeopathy.

Homeopathic_clinic_at_Mafi_SevaWe always have an amazing, stimulating and rewarding experience when in this Lower Volta region of Ghana. However, it is a two-way experience; we benefit from being there as much as the patients do. But it is quite apparent that without the funds raised by way of donations, regular or one-off, things would not always be like this. We need to replace remedies, continue the training programme and send or take the very generous donations of books, instruments, computers etc that we receive from time to time. The most important aspect of this project is having a regular ‘income’ for this non-profit organisation.

In Mafi Seva there is a well-qualified Ghanaian homeopath called Emperor, who was trained through the Ghana Homeopathy Project. The charity set up a homeopathic clinic there that Emperor manages. Emperor coordinates visits from other homeopathic volunteers, mainly from the UK and Europe, throughout the year. He organises their visits to Mafi Seva and outreach clinics as well as visits to the local markets and the local water project (which he also manages). One is made to feel very welcome at Mafi Seva and all of one’s needs are catered for.

The clinic now attracts many patients, some coming from half a day’s journey away to be seen by Emperor, as he has a reputation for having many excellent successes with his treatments. We are fortunate to have him. His training was continued by attending courses in Kolkata where the two homeopathic doctors practise and teach.

image007A homeopathic college, called PISHAM, was set up in Accra with the help of the Ghana Homeopathy Project and other donors. The project aims to train local homeopaths so that they can take over and sustain the school and clinics. When volunteers come from the UK they also do a few days of teaching at PISHAM, which further enriches their learning.

Ghana is a place with which to fall in love and the work that is possible to do there as a homeopath only enhances this experience!

Ingrid Daniels     RSHom

The Ghana Project, One student’s perspective – by Claire Hewison

study day, Mafi SevaEver since I qualified, some 12 years ago, I have been promising myself a trip to one of the homeopathy projects. 2013 turned out to be the year, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this extraordinary and humbling challenge.

There simply isn’t enough space here to give a full and detailed report of our daily experiences; however, I will endeavour to give an overall flavour.

On arrival at Accra airport, I was met and welcomed by the group of people who were to be my companions over the next fortnight. Angie, Ingrid, Yolande, Emperor and the Indian doctors Kalyan and Kalisankar. Such a warm welcome.

On arrival at the campus in Mafi Seva, its too dark to really see what was to be our new surroundings for the next 2 weeks. A little weary from my journey, I slept until the dawn chorus woke me. This is a dawn chorus with a difference – a cacophony of birdsong and frogsong(?!); I believe I could be forgiven for thinking I’d woken up in the Natural History Museum, such was the volume! An early morning shower, taken in the great outdoors in a small cubicle (strangely wonderful!) and we are ready for our day. Everyone at the campus is warm and friendly, so much so that I felt as if I immediately fitted in.

Emperor demonstrating succussionThe head (& heart) of the project campus is Emperor – an extraordinary tour de force who seems to have an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the project (and, indeed, life in general!). Emperor treats patients and organises all the clinics, both on site and the outreach days (more of which later). Yolande and I formally meet Doctors Kalyan and Kalisankar, who are to give lectures and treat at the clinics. Our lectures are delivered under the trees on campus and there is a surreal quality to our surroundings; yet, very quickly, they become the norm. We become absorbed in the subject matter – it is a genuine privilege to be studying under such illustrious teachers, whose wealth of knowledge is extraordinary. We only hope we are absorbing everything!

Patients tend to arrive randomly and obviously everything stops, in order to take the cases. We see the types of pathology that normally you would only read about – children and adults with hydrocele, ulcers that have suppurated beyond belief, various stages of malaria, snake bites, sebaceous cyst covered testicles, to name but a few. Watching Kalyan and Kalisankar take these cases and observing their subsequent prescriptions must be seen to be believed – truly awe inspiring.

At one of the outreach clinics – Ehi – we visit Pastor John, who runs a homeopathic clinic of his own. This clinic is far enough away to warrant an overnight stay. We work from 10am until 6pm, taking our own cases through a translator (students from the college in Accra) breaking only for lunch and the occasional coconut, direct from the husk; the most delicious and welcoming refreshment. The cases are so many and varied, the time goes by alarmingly quickly.

We take some time out to visit the water project that has been underway for the past 10 years – an incredible amount of work has gone into this project; it is now serving 33 villages which is a massive achievement. We visited the dyke & dam and climbed the rock face which is fairly sheer but climbable in flipflops, (as I proved but don’t recommend!). Once at the top we see the source of the water supply. The view was a unique experience in itself – we hold our breath for a genuine “Lion King” moment. The African scenery and the smell of the baked earth will stay with me forever.

Another outreach clinic – this time across the river Volta in a motorised canoe – again, the Indian doctors are insightful and precise – their prescriptions are so accurate. It is not only a pleasure to watch, but we are invited to ask as many questions as we like; both doctors demonstrate a huge generosity with their vast knowledge. In my case, serving to make me recognise again how much there is to learn about our beautiful art.

Angie Ghana 2013 182I wish I could convey here everything that we experienced. I do not feel I can begin to do justice to some of the things that we have seen; the wonderful Ghanaian people, who are so warm and genuine; the beauty of the red chillis meticulously laid out in their hundreds, to dry in the sun – and the glorious smell they generate; the sight of the stars at night, undimmed and shining in all their glory; the sense of camaraderie of everyone at the campus – everybody pulling in the same direction; the wonder of studying under the trees; the visit to the colourful and busy market – another experience in itself!

There is a powerful (and accurate) sense that homeopathy is playing such an important role in the community and that this project is providing a vital service to the Ghanaian people, both local to Mafi Seva and the outreach clinics, several hours away.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to my companions on this trip; to Angie for her tireless enthusiasm and sheer hard work in putting the trip together; to Ingrid for her extraordinary energy and endless positivity; to Yolande for her companionship and the friendship that we began there in Africa. To doctors Kalyan and Kalisankar for their generosity and wisdom. Finally, to Emperor and everyone in Mafi Seva for making this trip one that I shall never forget and certainly hope to repeat.

Seeing the impact that homeopathy has had, and continues to have on this community has been a humbling and life affirming experience. I would genuinely recommend this course to any student who is keen to learn and to enhance their knowledge of the increasingly essential medicine that is homeopathy.

Study trip to Ghana, September 2013: What an inspiring trip it was!

people in a boat on the river on the way to Mepe outreach clinic
On the way to Mepe outreach clinic

Never a dull moment!

Angelika Metzger

The recent study trip organised by GHP team member Angie Metzger was inspiring and enriching for all participants. Our lecturers and clinicians, Drs. Kalyan and Kalisankar Bhattachareya from Kolkata/India, and a small group of UK homoeopaths travelled to Ghana and reached Mafi-Seva, a rural village in the lower Volta region, excited about what the next 2 weeks would bring.

A homeopathic clinic outside under the trees
Outreach Clinic

Waking early in the morning with patients already waiting; busy all day at the community clinic; then an exciting night, when a woman in labour was brought in on a motorcycle to give birth to a lovely baby boy in the early hours. That set the scene for the next 2 weeks, with outreach clinics to the neighbouring communities treating nearly 200 patients. Some interesting pathologies presented, such as a hydrocele in a young boy; a patient with pyoderma; keloid scarring on a female patient; typhoid fever in a 95 year old woman who was all too eager to return to farming her fields.

We were able to give bursaries to our students from PISHAM in Accra who accepted this great opportunity and joined us in Mafi Seva for some of the time, sharing and gaining knowledge in clinical skills: observing homeopathic theory in practice under the auspices of the very experienced and learned Indian homeopaths Drs. Kalyan and Kalisankar Bhattachareya. The students fully engaged in the learning experience and also helped the team with translation and dispensing. The lectures given by Kalyan and Kalisankar were practice based, widening our horizons and sharpening our prescribing skills. Advanced materia medica studies and applied homoeopathic philosophy were integrated with medical sciences.

Our experience was further enriched by learning about the local culture, visiting a school and the AMURT water project, donating gifts at a nearby village, travelling to a local market with all the wonderful colours and scents of the produce and handicrafts on offer.

Pastor John at Ehi outreach clinic
Pastor John at Ehi outreach clinic

We also visited GHP trainee Pastor John at Ehi, a good 3 hours drive away, where we held a clinic. There were many patients lined up for treatment.

Emperor, clinic director at Mafi-Seva, is now busy with follow-ups and has reported great improvement in some cases and others that need follow-on care.

We all felt sad to leave Mafi Seva, a wonderful place, and all our friends there who had looked after us with so much care and joy.

The last day was spent in Accra with all its hustle and bustle, doing last minute souvenir shopping at the Arts Centre. Angie stayed on with the Indian Doctors to teach at PISHAM and carry out other GHP-related work whilst Ingrid Daniels travelled to Ehi to teach Pastor John and hold more clinics there.

As the group returned to the UK the memories of this enriching journey stay with us – one can honestly say ‘there was never a dull moment’.

Mafi Seva group photo
Mafi Seva group photo
Emperor demonstrating succussion
Emperor demonstrating succussion
case taking at outreach clinic
case taking at outreach clinic
three students caught in the rain
Caught in the rain
Grace at Pisham library
Grace at Pisham library
waiting room at Mepe outreach clinic
waiting room at Mepe outreach clinic

Some images of Martin Gbafa in India

Martin Gbafa, student of Premier International School of Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine (PISHAM), won an award to study homeopathy in India.

The award which is offered to PISHAM’s students annually was kindly donated by Belgian homeopath An Debyser.

The study took place in Kolkata February 2013 under the auspices of renowned Drs Bhattacharyea, who have also conducted seminars in Ghana with PISHAM and Ghana Homeopathy Project.

 

Martin Gbafa, PISHAM student, with Dr Kalyan Bhattacaryea and Dr Dilip Bhattacharyea
Martin Gbafa, PISHAM student, with Dr Kalyan Bhattacaryea and Dr Dilip Bhattacharyea
Martin Gbafa with Dr Angelika Metzger and Dr Kalyan Bhattacharyea in the office
Martin Gbafa with Dr Angelika Metzger and Dr Kalyan Bhattacharyea
Martin Gbafa and Dr Kalishankar Bhattacharyea at the chai stall
Martin Gbafa and Dr Kalishankar Bhattacharyea at the chai stall
several iterations of Goddess Kali of Kalikata surrounding Martin Gbafa
several iterations of Goddess Kali of Kalikata surrounding Martin Gbafa
Studying how blood pressure can inform the selection of a cure
Studying how blood pressure can inform the selection of a cure

It’s all in the development of good intention

I planted a seed and I watched it grow
I will never know
How from a seed so small
It got so tall
It climbed up the stick I’d stuck in the ground
Up it went
Round and round and round
Until it seemed it would never stop
And when it finally reached the top
It flowered red
My mum said ‘ that those will be beans’
Do you know she was right
We had them for dinner tonight

Well I’m not sure about mums and beans, but the roots of the visionary seed, for a homeopathic school in Ghana seems to have taken hold. Round and round, and up and down we’ve gone, pulled this way and that way by demands that developmental work demands. Uncertain that it (we) would survive, and sometimes still, will we survive ( I feel a song coming on!).

A year of dramatic change

We moved premises, increased roles and responsibilities, (there’s only two of us here!), packed and unpacked boxes, hid the frantic behind the scene drama, as much as we could from our students and public and kept ‘business as usual.’ Phew! And then it flowered…..red, well maybe not a red flower and still not about mums and beans, but significant as in the midst of all this, our first cohort of students successfully completed their Foundation Certificate in Classical Homeopathy. Hooray! ( more about that in the GHP newsletter). Then came generous donations of land and finances to start the process of building a permanent campus for our school. Stunning!

So in spite of the tears, exhaustion, desire to throw in the towel, unable to write my blog!, it is worth all the effort, the drive, commitment and good intention, ETCETERA. So here we are and here I am, in development, me developing personally too and its all great.

Until it seemed it would never stop and when it finally reached the top …………………………….. But until then, will help you to follow our journey.

Apologies for being off my blog for a while!

Now I can hear....