Volunteering with Ghana Homeopathy Project 


Report by Louise Hall

29th October – 17th December 2017

We landed late on Sunday 29th October and jumped in a cab straight to Hotel Adodo. It was great to have joined forces with GHP coordinator, Lyn Clark, who knew the Ghana ways well – bargaining a good cab fare is one of her fortes!

Monday 30th October – Wednesday 1st November 
Teaching at PISHAM (Premier International School of 
Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine), Accra

Being thrown straight into the teaching environment was a fantastic way to start the trip. 
On Monday morning I met Samuel, Edem and Cynthia – the current students of PISHAM – a lovely and enthusiastic group. Having graduated myself 3.5 years ago, I could identify with the kinds of questions they were asking – being able to support Lyn’s teaching worked really well; writing diagrams on the board and sharing some of my own clinical/pharmacy experience.

I understand PISHAM itself is going through a transition at the moment and it is a shame that it isn’t thriving with both students for the course and clients for Dr. Berdie’s clinic. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Accra, the site has a very tranquil feel and was an enjoyable place to teach.

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November 
Big Millie’s Backyard, Kokrobite Beach

Before heading to Kumasi, we took a couple of days out to enjoy the coast and popular Kokrobite beach. I was very happy to be able to swim in the sea – though it’s pretty rough so more like fighting the waves than serious swimming.

Big Millie’s is a vibrant place to stay and has some great entertainment – from Culture Night on Fridays to live reggae throughout the weekend. Dancing with Grace (who was involved with GHP until recently) during a 4hr downpour to live reggae was a particular highlight! I’d recommend getting up to see the sunrise and fishing boats heading out to sea. It’s also a great place to try some of the local Ghanaian dishes – red red & fried plantain remains a firm favourite.

Monday 6th – Wednesday 15th November 
Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group

In Kumasi we stayed at the Marigold Lodge – a short walk from the Maria Montessori School, where teaching of both the Certificate course & Diploma course take place. Due to the schedules of the students, classes are in the evenings, leaving the days free for seeing patients and a bit of exploring.

Marigold Lodge is very comfortable and also accommodating for Lyn & students to see patients in Lyn’s room.

Kumasi was the place where I really got to observe Lyn’s case-taking skills and get my head stuck in to the repertory and materia medica on a daily basis. We had some fascinating cases, which were great learning for the students and fantastic preparation for the next phase of the trip at Hope Homeopathy Clinic. The Kumasi part of the project will really come into its own once the new clinic is built in 2018 and it was really encouraging to see the diploma students teaching on the Certificate course. Exciting times!

Thursday 16th November – Thursday 17th December
Hope Homeopathy Clinic, Mafi Kumase

Lyn, Bonsu and I travelled by car from Kumasi to the Volta region and the village of Mafi Kumase – home of the amazing Hope Homeopathy Clinic. We were warmly welcomed by Emperor, his family, Precious and Eli. The weekend saw all 10 Certificate course students of the Hope Homeopathy Study Group receive their Helios kits – a special day of celebrations. Then from Monday morning, once Lyn and Bonsu returned to Kumasi, I was in the practitioner hot seat!

Days in Ghana start soon after the first cockerel crows – as early as 4am. I was getting up around 5.30am and showering as the sun rose looking out over palm trees. Breakfast is served early, as patients can start arriving almost as soon as the sun is up. In the four weeks I was at the clinic, it ranged from 7 patients on quieter days to 33 on our busiest day! We saw everything from injuries to epilepsy, from babies right up to patients in their nineties.

The learning was incredible and I was putting into practice things I never dreamed of when I was studying remedies at college. The clinic has an extensive library and plenty of repertories and materia medicas – a necessity as the students regularly sit in on the consultations to assist with the translation and repertorisation. Alongside Precious, Rudolf spends most of his spare time at the clinic and both were increasingly valuable assistants.

I like to exercise and, luckily, Richard, Francis & Kafui (the kids living with Emperor and his two sisters) became my regular afternoon excursion buddies. We ventured into town, climbed many of the local rocks to see beautiful views and sunsets over Mafi Kumase. On other afternoons I would borrow one of the bikes to cycle around the local area and nearby villages. I also did a bit of teaching with the kids, as they’re keen to improve their English & Maths. In return they taught my a little basic Ewe, the local language – my accent caused many fits of laugher. We also had lots of fun with my old camera – they took some pretty spectacular photos!

At weekends I was taken to funerals, weddings, a festival and felt completely embraced into the local way of life. It was where I saw my first dead body – as Ghanaian funerals are usually open casket – a humbling and unexpectedly peaceful experience. Anita, Emperor’s niece, lives at the clinic and is in charge of the daily housekeeping, cooking etc. I grew to love the local dishes and have been missing banku since returning to the UK. I might have to seek some out in London! Anita, like everyone at the clinic, is a joy to be around and, as she speaks little English, and I even less Ewe, we mainly communicated in silly dance and laughter – there is a lot of laughter in Ghana! Most Mondays I accompanied Precious (Emperor’s live-in clinic assistant & homeopathy student) to the local market. Definitely a worthwhile experience – I bought a variety of fabrics and had a few outfits made by one of the local seamstresses – much helped by Precious’s translation skills.

And of course Emperor – a 64yr old reggae lover, laughter spreader, talented homeopath and an absolute joy with whom to work. I loved my days at Hope Homeopathy clinic and for me the more patients the merrier! It was an amazing experience to be treating around 100 patients a week, with many diligently coming back for the requested follow ups so we could see the remedies working their magic.

Volunteering with GHP was really wonderful and exceeded many expectations. I had the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced homeopaths, teach willing, enthusiastic and very promising students, co-head an incredibly busy and successful rural clinic and, in total, treat around 450 patients. I also found myself fully immersed in the Ghanaian culture and the fabric of their daily lives.

I am extremely thankful to Lyn, Angie, Jacqueline, Emperor, Eli and everyone on the GHP team who welcomed me on to the project. I genuinely can’t wait to go back!

Case taking at the Kumasi clinic: The young boy on the left was unable to stand, showing no interest in playing 
with his brothers and sister. After a split dose of SILICA 30 he was able to begin standing 
and was engaging with his siblings.

Ghana Report December 4th -24th 2017

From our outgoing co-ordinator

Jacqueline A. Smith

I would like to begin this report by thanking the trustees for their support in agreeing to sponsor me to make this trip. It was important not only for the review of exam results as proposed but as a necessary completion and consolidation of relationships made and developed over my three years as coordinator. There was disappointment and sadness about my decision to resign by many in Ghana but the opportunity to reduce anxiety and reassure people was invaluable on both a personal level and professionally on behalf of the project. It was an ‘Au revoir’ rather than a ‘Goodbye’.

I began my first week in Kumasi city and joined Lyn at the Marigold Lodge where over the five days, I observed several 3-4th year students taking cases and when requested, offering questions or pointers where appropriate. The Kumasi students are showing developing case-taking skills as they move into their final year of study and remain engaged with the teaching offered by Lyn and supported by me while there. The recent fast track CC group were also well engaged with their lessons, being very inquisitive and which was reflected in their performance at exam in mid December.

I arrived on the tro tro at Mafi Kumase in my second week to a warm welcome from Emperor, Precious, Eli and Anita. Here I also finally met the newest GHP volunteer Louise, who was feeling very at home with the rhythm of HHHC, having been there for some weeks already and reportedly loving the environment.

Much has changed at the clinic by way of improvements to the building inside and out. The block housing the flushing toilet, shower (with overhead pipe) and kitchen is completed and has external lighting. Lino has been laid on most floors and fans on most ceilings in the central accommodation building. With a three-piece suite and colour TV, the main ‘lecture room’ is very homely and well used even when no lectures are taking place.

The ceremony to award the Course Completion certificates was held the day after I arrived and we had a great time acknowledging the students’ excellent performances in the September exam followed by the hard work of Anita and Precious; to prepare, cook and serve the delicious meal of kenke, which was very much appreciated. We also made sure to celebrate with much reggae dancing until after 7pm.

Clinics were as usual every day from around 7am until early afternoon. Louise dealt with returns for previous patients seen in the weeks before I arrived and I then dealt with new patients. We did observe some of each other’s cases. I noticed a greater than ever before incidence of cases of fever. Perhaps that time of year being the rainy season contributed, with much of the rain occurring before I came. Already the Harmattan was beginning, the air misted with sand and dryness of eyes and skin apparent.

My final week was spent in Accra, primarily at PISHAM where I again seen many external improvements (shown in Louise’s emailed photos from November.) 
Julius was friendly and accommodating and apparently busy with the clinic. A few patients were seen on at least two of my three days there. Three 2nd year students were present for the predominantly exam revision sessions: Cynthia (heavily pregnant), Edem and Samuel (fast tracked to 2nd year based on previous experience as a cardio-massage therapist)

We covered translating the patients’ symptoms into the language of the repertory. 
I advised investing in a Thesaurus to aid this important process and to be very observant of patient mannerisms, tone of voice and specific descriptions of symptoms.
We also discussed the significance of hierarchy of importance attributed to specific symptoms being considered for repertorisation and prescription choice and reviewed the definitions of each. We did various T/F and multiple-choice quizzes based on the CC exam papers to test and review their general knowledge of philosophy and materia medica.

I spent the day before leaving, with a visit to Amanfrom in Kasoa. I met with Phillips, Mr. Emmanuel, the lab technician and nurse before Noble arrived. I was very impressed with the changes and development that have happened with the building since I was last in Kasoa. There is now a lab, consulting rooms, ward with 5/6 beds, pharmacy and space for teaching rooms on the upper floors. There are even 20 new student all-in-one desk/chairs. All the floors and tiling are completed and a new main entrance created. 
Outstanding completion is still required to provide windows and doors on the 1st floor; toilet bowls to be installed and painting throughout, but particularly on the 1st floor.
There is now a beautiful garden space at the back of the building.

I see so much potential in Phillips’s creation and development of the building. He is clearly committed to advancing Homeopathy in Ghana and ably supported by Noble who is willing to teach the Materia Medica sections of the Certificate course, having some experience after supporting me with monthly teaching visits to Mafi Kumase following webinars. They are very keen to get started advertising the proposed CC course and I helped design/edit their existing poster draft while there. I would encourage support and investment here as a valuable resource for advancement of the HIA charities objects. Especially where there is such innovation, enthusiasm and commitment as is very evident at Kasoa.

Many Thanks once more.
Best of luck for all the developments in 2018!
Jacqueline x

Homeopathy is continuing to expand in Ghana

Kits and books for our latest graduates
Kits and books for our latest graduates

Homeopathy is continuing to expand in Ghana 
building on the great work of all those who have gone before.

From the new GHP coordinator: Lyn Clark

What an enjoyable and fruitful trip I had last Autumn 2017. I was joined, for parts of it, by Louise Ainsworth and Jacqueline Smith. We each visited all three branches of the project: PISHAM College in Accra: Hope Clinic and Hope Study Group in Mafi Kumase, Volta Region; and Kumasi Study Group in Kumasi City, Ashanti Region. And now we have a new branch opening in Kasoa, Accra (West side).

Next month (March 2018), we will start the one-year certificate course again. We have run one each year for the last three years. This year, we will run it in three different regions simultaneously for the first time: Kumasi, Mafi Kumase, and Kasoa, Accra. 
It will be taught locally by Certificate graduates, with a monthly webinar broadcast from the UK.

Last year we took 17 kits out for our latest graduates, kindly donated by Helios Pharmacy. 
It was a joy to award these, along with the certificate and a book to each student graduating from Mafi Kumase (10 graduates) and Kumasi (7 students).

Inspiringly, all the graduates expressed an interest in going on to do the diploma course (to run next year, probably in Accra).

Kumasi

In Kumasi, the KHSG students (Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group) are on track to complete the diploma course next August/September 2018.
This means, in addition to the two graduates from PISHAM College, we will have 7 more diploma graduates launching themselves into practice in Kumasi.

We are building the Kumasi Homeopathy Clinic this year, to launch with the students as they graduate. We decided to wait to build this year to be ready for the graduates becoming practitioners. We have the architectural plans and a project manager and are now looking for land. The more funds we can attract, the more centrally we can place the clinic.

A patient of Emperor’s who he has been treating for fertility. She is currently pregnant hence the laughter and smiles!

Mafi Kumase

In Mafi Kumase, the Hope clinic thrives to provide homeopathic health-care locally, under the great work of Emperor. Their building is impressive, now incorporating the clinic and the Hope Health Centre and training space. Lovely to catch up with Emperor and all that he is up to in Mafi Kumase. He now has a group of certificate graduates who can work at assistant level in the clinic to support him. In time, these graduates will become practitioners to carry on his great work over the last twelve years for the surrounding and local community.

Accra

In Accra, PISHAM has said goodbye to Grace Rhomes. We wish her very well in all her endeavors and are grateful for the work she has given to the college over the years. The college, a project independent from GHP, continues in the hands of Julius Berdie, Principal.

So many changes in Ghana Homeopathy Project.
We welcome the new editor of our Newsletter, Louise Ainsworth; and two new trustees, Moira Houston and Jo Morgan, who have taken on the valuable roles of secretary and fund-raiser, respectively.

For myself, I am pleased to have accepted the role of GHP Co-ordinator. I hope to continue to forward homeopathy in Ghana and to work with the project team in as creative and dynamic a way as I am able.

Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group is ready to start its permanent student clinic!

The clinic will be launched in November this year during Lyn’s next trip to Ghana.

A dedicated building will be created to house the clinic, the library, the pharmacy and training.

And it looks like a building has been found!!

Requiring a bit of TLC and a lot of decoration, the building was previously an allopathic clinic but has stood empty for 7 years. In June, Bonsu, Akosua and Lyn opened the front doors, after 2 years of not having been opened at all, amongst all the cobwebs and dust. A great moment.

It is a beautiful space right in the centre of the city so the greatest diversity of people will pass the door daily. This is what we all want. To make homeopathy available for everyone.

The building’s very central position makes it a great launching place to put homeopathy firmly on the map in Kumasi.

On stepping in to the building you enter an atrium leading to at least two consultation rooms, another room large enough to hold training and the library and a tiny room that can be dedicated to the pharmacy.

The atrium will allow us to open a small juice bar and sell a few remedies and a few other products. The veranda will be a great place for people to sit and sip their juice. We will secure the building for 3 years, during that time we can plan how to continue moving forward.

Everyone in Kumasi is excited about this next phase and about their finally becoming homeopathic practitioners.

Upstairs there is an apartment where we can host volunteers and visitors. It really is a building that can meet all our needs.

Inauguration of Hope Homeopathic Health Clinic

HOPE HOMEOPATHY HEALTH CLINIC

The Alternative Health Provider
By Samuel Komla Tsamenyi (Emperor)

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-19-12-22It has long been my dream to have a centre of this nature to cater for the health needs of the people in my community and the whole Volta region.

This was my hope but due to difficulties finding funding I could not hit my target until this year 2016, when ‘Homeopathy in Africa’ through the Ghana Homeopathy Project (GHP) came to my rescue by providing enough money for the completion of the centre and I’m now very grateful that my dream has yielded such a positive result.

The centre is going to serve several purposes. Firstly, it has many rooms; enough for consulting, a library and also a pharmacy. Secondly, there is also space to accommodate visiting volunteers on both a short or long term basis.

Thirdly, it is also my hope that students will be trained as homeopaths here at the centre in our Lecture Hall; to encourage more people to have a love of homeopathy. There are presently five young men waiting for the green light to start their studies. Hopefully when they finish we can spread the gospel of Homeopathy to many more regions of Ghana.

Bicycle Depot for Women Head Traders

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-18-56-36The centre also serves as a Bicycle Depot for Women Head Traders in the community to help alleviate the various head, neck and spinal symptoms experienced as a result of carrying their heavy loads.

We need to raise more funds for the Bike Depot and the best way to do this is for people to help promote our book of women’s stories, Volta Voices on social media and to host fund raising events, including book sales or readings. If you can help, contact: info@sheilaryan.co.uk

There is still much to do at the clinic to make it more welcoming, so I’m making a passionate appeal to GHP supporters to donate whatever they can afford to provide the necessary funds for tables and chairs, ceiling fans for the rooms and other basic but important items such as carpets/linoleum, fencing and shelving for the planned library. You can do this by using the attached Donations form.

Having already helped thousands, I know homeopathy is alive and well. It’s the right choice for the people of my community.

I’m very grateful to the trustees of ‘Homeopathy in Africa’ and their representatives at GHP (with special thanks to 2015 volunteer Julian Jonas for his generous donation) who’ve supported my homeopathic journey over the last ten years and I want to assure them that here in Ghana, homeopathy has come to stay.

Official Opening

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Representatives from the Traditional & Alternative Medicine Council (TAMC) were in attendance at the official opening of the HHHC on Thursday 13 th October 2016, including Mr Saviour Kugblenu (on the left) who gave a simplified outline of how homeopathy works, explaining that it is safe and effective.

And Mr Elolo Afeti (on the right) who was deemed Chair of the clinic opening proceedings, gave a very supportive speech asking the community to appreciate the services offered, stating that homeopathy was considered a very useful and welcome alternative choice to allopathy, encouraging everyone to patronise the clinic in order for TAMC to attempt, in the future, including the HHHC in the national health insurance scheme.

Training

Ben Amu is one of the five young men who are hoping to begin studying the proposed certificated course in homeopathy at the Hope Homeopathy Health Clinic (HHHC).

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-19-05-56Ben has been working as Emperor’s homeopathy apprentice since September 2014 though a long-time supporter and contributor to work completed at Mafi Seva prior to this. Having studied construction at Ho Polytechnic, his skills were put to good use for the water tower sponsored by AMURT at Mafi Seva, where he was also was involved building accommodation there. He subsequently supervised construction of the new building during the transition from Mafi Seva Community Clinic to the present location for HHHC at Mafi Kumase.

Ben first came to appreciate the potential of the homeopathic medicine after many years of injections, tablets, creams etc. for a chronic skin eruption (described as like Yaws), but which had all failed to work. He finally approached Emperor who took his case and prescribed ‘ little pills’ which he had no faith in, but decided to try them anyway. Ben reports that thirty minutes after taking the remedy he began to itch all over but the itch soon subsided. Two to three weeks later he had a further sensation of burning all over that also eventually subsided and never returned. Ben has had no recurrence of his skin symptoms for the last eight years since he was given the remedy.

Having HHHC closer to his home village means he is looking forward to being able to study homeopathy without having to travel a long distance.

Despite now being a registered building contractor, he is preparing to finish up all of his current contracts and devote himself full-time to homeopathy. Already people call him about ‘little symptoms’ e.g. diarrhoea, vomiting, snake and scorpion bites etc. and he comments that in his own case- ‘It really worked when allopathy didn’t. It works faster.’

About his forthcoming change of life direction, Ben concludes with a heartfelt sentiment: ‘I’m living the truth now.’

News from Premier International School of Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine

‘Onipa Apomuden Ye Ate Nkwa’
A person’s health is his life

PISHAM is On the Move (again!)

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.39.08For the third time in just over three years PISHAM, Premier International School of Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine, has relocated to new premises. In the spirit of its tubercular nature and stillyearning for a new space, a new adventure and new surroundings; the yearning, the longing for that ideal school environment that would provide a more settled base, kept tugging away at PISHAM heartstrings.

Over the years, with much uncertainty about a suitable location, it’s taken sheer guts and determination to keep the School and community work going without too much disruption. We carried on teaching students and offering consultations in two rooms, while still living out of boxes. This may not sound too bad to some, but when you want to complete formal educational processes, set up practically, expand and develop, two rooms and moving around constantly is less than ideal. PISHAM has good enough vitality to adapt to changing circumstances, but come on now? Enough!

In September 2015, the removal van left Iron City, Kasoa and stopped at Salaai Close, North Kaneshie. We have now moved into a soft and therapeutic environment with enough space to house the contents of our boxes and provide our school with enough rooms for teaching, a clinic, library, bookshop and more. Space for people too!

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Entrance to PISHAM at North Kaneshie
PISHAM Facilities
PISHAM Facilities

True to form and not wanting to delay the start of the academic year too much, we quickly cleared and prepared a few rooms so that by October we opened our doors to new and existing students!

It’s now June 2016 and we are coming to the end of another academic year feeling more grounded. Boxes have been unpacked, books are on shelves; clinic and pharmacy are now operational with case notes in filing cabinets and kettle and cups in their proper place.

There’s still much to do practically and formally, but being able to stretch our arms and legs and know where things are placed, means we can continue to focus on our future and become more settled in our approach to organising the year rather than the ‘fire-fighting’ strategy of the past!

NEW STUDENTS

Year One: started with five new students or HiTs (otherwise known as: Homeopaths in Training) including: Cynthia, Elizabeth, Cecilia, Bill and Edem, who all joined us in October 2015.

EXISTING STUDENTS

Year Two: includes Chris and Precious who moved to Ghana from Nigeria to study with us. They have done really well to settle into Accra, completing Year one with good results, both in formal assignments and clinical work. They are now continuing with us in Year Two and about to complete the Foundation training.

Student on deferral

Our student Ken, who deferred last year due to family responsibilities, has worked really hard to complete his Yr2 coursework and exams. Well done Ken!

COMPLETING DIPLOMA Coursework

Year Four: An exciting time as we hope to have two students, Phillip and Noble, achieving their Diploma early next year. They will complete their final pieces of coursework to be passed to The Contemporary College of Homeopathy (CCH) UK for assessment.

CCH are the awarding body for the Diploma. We are all excited that we are soon to have our very first Diploma graduates. We are looking forward to not only celebrating the awarding of the Diplomas, but also the success of our joint partnership with CCH(UK).

Exams

As we approach the end of the academic year; EXAM FEVER! is underway. Remedy, revise, study and breathe easy! You have all worked really hard HiTs and we wish you every success.

Love in is in the air!

We all love a love story. This year two of our female students have been married to the men of their dreams! Ahhhhh! Congratulations to Anoeshka and Jaen; Cynthia and Henry. We wish them lasting and happy relationships.

The An Award 2016

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Anoeshka receiving her certificate in India with Drs Kalyan and Dilip Battacharyea

Winning Students

Anoeshka Bekker, our other second year student from the UK who works a childminder in Ghana, joined our course in the same year as Chris and Precious and was the latest PISHAM student successful in her application to The An Award, when she organised a homeopathy awareness workshop; her target group being local parents. She also took a consultation with a client from a Muslim community in central Accra, all resulting in her trip to India in February this year to participate in a two week course run by homeopathic Doctors Kalyan and Kalishankar Battacharyea.

So far, four PISHAM students have worked really hard and been fortunate enough to deservedly win this opportunity. Many thanks to Dr. An Debsyer for providing our students with such an invaluable opportunity during their training. A great initiative which we hope can continue.

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COMMUNITY WORK

Flood & Fire Disaster Support

On June 3rd last year, there was a flood/fire disaster that devastated the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area in the centre of Accra. Rainfall during rainy season was much heavier than usual, plus a fire at a local petrol station led to loss of many lives, property and livelihoods in the area. Grace, the course leader, quickly got involved in supporting one of the communities by setting up an on-site outreach clinic, where she worked for six weeks. Grace provided homeopathic treatment for deep trauma, shock, separation and loss, to many individuals and their families. We hope never to have this experience in Ghana again.

Fire/Flood Disaster Area at Circle in Accra
Fire/Flood Disaster Area at Circle in Accra
Grace in the Clinic she set up at Circle
Grace in the Clinic she set up at Circle

More Community Initiatives

In March this year, in a new initiative, PISHAM began offering homeopathic treatment to children and young adults with ‘complex needs’ in a joint working partnership with a youth training establishment along the coastal belt in Cape Coast. The partnership is fully established now and has already created significant improvements in the health of the young people. Histories of the young people include: abuse, neglect and pathologies that threaten life span including physical complaints where children have absorbed toxic substances from the environment.

These community initiatives provide students with invaluable practical training throughout the course and expose them to a diverse range of histories & pathologies; encouraging thought about the potential to set up practice in range of ways. Not just in buildings and consultations. PISHAM has a long history of setting up outreach clinics in areas where there is no or limited access to healthcare facilities. Students are actively involved in these clinics, participating in various roles according to their stage in the course i.e. registering clients and taking vital signs, observing or taking consultations or operating the mobile pharmacy.

Our most recent long standing outdoor clinic was in Ofaakor, Odupong, Kasoa. As a result of our work and the gap in health facilities in the area: The Chief of that community donated nearly 12 acres of land to PISHAM to build Dr. Berdie’s vision for a permanent school/campus/health facility in the future. Fantastic! However, it will take a significant amount of funding to develop this project: costs for formal registration, customary gifts, architects; as well as getting the basic build up and running. While working towards developing the site and Dr. Berdie’s vision, we’ll be planting seeds and developing a farm where we can raise income from the sale of the produce to get us started.

But we need your support!

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Kasapa – Student Talk!

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Cynthia Larteley Young Yr.1

I enjoy lectures and the cordial relationship between the students and teachers. I would like the teaching days to increase due to the amount of work to get through the syllabus and thepracticals.

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William (Bill) Tackie Yr.1

I am a mature student with a lot of life experience that helps me to understand the teaching at PISHAM very fast. Many years ago I learned a lot from working with a renowned Ghanaian homeopath in his practice. I like the way the school is teaching me, far better than the online study I also did! I hope I can master the course in 4 years time and be a great homeopath.

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Edern Kumatse Yr.1

I joined PISHAM because I have a passion for helping people to achieve good health. I have entrusted my hopes in it that with PISHAM I can achieve my dream and seen PISHAM to be a very determined school, with lecturers who always get students up and going with academic activities. We are always eager and ready to learn something new and I know I have a great future with PISHAM. Thank you.

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Precious Anyanyebechi Yr.2

My school PISHAM is my pride because it has taught me how to understand both diseases and the individual. Not only have I understood homeopathy, but also the characteristics of different individuals. My dream is to become a great homeopath, which is imminent since I’m on the right path. I wish that people understand homeopathy as I do, especially those who have chosen to be a doctor.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.40.25Kenneth Tettey Bedu Yr.2

PISHAM is a very serious school with the lecturers helping students to achieve their purpose of attending. The lecturers are hard-working to keep the institution solid in spite of the school’s ups and downs with relocation problems yet still maintain a higher & greater standard. Come on board to help move the college forward!

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.40.42Christopher Aniebonam Yr.2

The school has offered me a lot in terms of understanding homeopathy in detail. It’s very professional. My dream is to clear the doubt over homeopathy so people know that there is much more to achieve with homeopathy. My hope is to inculcate in people that homeopathy is the embodiment of world medicine when it comes to understanding the principles and definition of medicine. I am committed to becoming an advocate for the profession.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.01Anoeshka Bekker Yr.2

There are so many positive things to say about PISHAM, however, the aspects I cherish most are the wonderful friendships that I have made; the incredibly diverse, fascinating and all encompassing learning and the deeper understanding into African culture. Not only do the teachers at PISHAM teach you about homeopathy, they also include science, spirituality, compassion and intuition. This makes for an all round fantastically enriching environment to learn and grow.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.15Lionel Noble Kpogo Yr.4

For the past four years I have received a comprehensive training in both theory and practice as a homoeopathic student. I am very confident that I will be a good homeopathic practitioner after I have graduated and will have lots of success in my practice. To all the seasoned homeopaths across the globe who have impacted so much on my training, I sincerely love you all for the support and encouragement. Stay blessed. I feel very happy and challenged to do more so that people can enrol proudly as homeopathic students, just like medical students applying to the universities in Ghana.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.29Phillip Kpogo Yr.4

My four year training in homeopathy at PISHAM has added a lot to my previous knowledge in homeopathy. I trained with the Netherlands group ‘Homeopaths Without Borders’ many years ago, and have over 30yrs in practice. The additional four years training from PISHAM has encouraged me to expand my practice. Thanks to all the foreign lecturers and PISHAM school management for the opportunity and support. Long live homeopaths! Long live homeopathy!

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Ti Koro Nnk o Ayging!

Two heads are better than one!

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.49Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.42.00Oh, what a year and what a journey! Dr. Berdie (Principal) and me, Grace Rhoomes (Course Leader), are two heads with specific roles and responsibilities that are interdependent. We have been working together for nine years now. In the first two years I commuted back and forth from UK to Ghana before settling here for the last seven years. In that time we have transformed provision at the school from only short courses to a fully established 4 Year Diploma course.

We’ve been involved in a move, a shuffle and a resettle or two with PISHAM; alongside our supporters and a disgruntled few! At each destination we have delighted in teaching new students and treating clients. Dr Berdie and I will keep on doing just that. I am as much in wonder at it all, nine years on, as I was when I first arrived here. So much so that I’ve written a poem:

If I could wander and roam in the reds, greens and golds of this land,
I would wander and wonder and breathe.
If I could heal and teach and restore faith in love,
I would heal and teach and help to heal.
If I could be anywhere else but Ghana right now
I’d be right here in Ghana just now;
And I am.

 

I still wander and roam in the red, gold, green (and black!)
And wonder at the healing and teaching and love,
And the hard and soft of the scent of the journey,
And the beat and power and rhythm of the dance.
I have faith I’m fulfilling my destiny’s call,
And in doing all this I’m having a ball.

 

My life is a work of art, a beautiful contemporary dance!

Grace Rhoomes

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New co-ordinator Jacqueline Smith shares her perspective

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.28.13-255An Exciting Future for GHP

Since taking on her role as Project Co-ordinator, Jacqueline Smith has spent much of her time in Ghana and shares her ‘on the ground’ perspective

Over the first year of my involvement in GHP I’ve seen some exciting advances in the activities undertaken by and for all involved with the Project. We’ve been reviewing organisational needs with plans to expand support in line with the GHP mission. All of this is possible only with the much valued contributions from our donors and supporters. At PISHAM the student body, while still growing, is beginning to reflect the quality of the curriculum offered. Young people representing not only Ghana and other African countries such as Nigeria and even from the United Kingdom, now choose to learn homeopathy at the School.

Jacqueline and Grace visit Mafi Seva with a group of PISHAM students and graduates
Jacqueline and Grace visit Mafi Seva with a group of PISHAM students and graduates

This year two of the present Ghanaian students, third-year student Lionel ‘Noble’ Kpogo and second year Kenneth Bedu won the chance to travel to India for two weeks to study with our associates of long standing, the Drs Bhattacharyya. The An Award, which has been running for three years and is sponsored by Belgian homeopath Dr An Debsyer, has become a sought after opportunity for students to prove their commitment to learning and practice in their own communities. They do this by incorporating the outstanding teaching and experience that they receive in Kolkata into their own practice, in the projects they submit to qualify and in sharing their experience with fellow students on their return. A trip brilliantly organised once again by GHP’s Angie Metzger.

Angie, Emperor and Noble on the ferry across the Ganges to visit a Mother Teresa Mission that looks after disabled people, from babies through to the elderly. They went to see the centre and how homeopathy is used there
Angie, Emperor and Noble on the ferry across the Ganges to visit a Mother Teresa Mission that looks after disabled people, from babies through to the elderly. They went to see the centre and how homeopathy is used there

They were accompanied by Rebecca Sturgeon, a mentor on the recently initiated Webinar course in Kumasi with Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group (KHSG). This course is another piece of inspired organisation, this time from its founder Bonsu Boaten and GHP’s Lyn Clark.
The keen and committed students here, including teachers and nurses, are now nervously preparing for their end of first year exams. Trustees, international teaching staff and mentors all wish them and the PISHAM students good luck.

Emperor, director at Mafi Seva Water and Homeopathy Project, also participated on the Indian Study trip (for the fourth time) before returning to continue, quite literally, building his vision of a centre of excellence for homeopathic training.

 Emperor attending to a patient with typhoid
Emperor attending to a patient with typhoid

After ten years of his own homeopathic study and intense practice in the Volta region, Emperor strongly wishes to leave a legacy of access to the continuing study and practice of homeopathy for future generations of local people. Like PISHAM in Accra, and now KHSG in Kumasi city, the centre in Mafi Kumase will work towards providing a four-year Diploma course in Homeopathy with student clinic and library and provision of outreach treatment. The six-room building has just had its roof added.

Outreach clinic at Mepe with Grace Rhoomes
Outreach clinic at Mepe with Grace Rhoomes

Immense gratitude is due to all concerned for providing regular contributions of books, remedies, support, skills, experience and, crucially, finance; for this is what keeps those fires of inspiration burning and I’m honoured to have been invited to join and contribute to this exciting journey.

The future is bright with GHP

Ghana Homeopathy Project 10 years on

10 years on!

An overview by GHP Founder and Mentor Linda Shannon – August 2015

P1080344-258The Ghana Homeopathy Project is now 10 years old and we are realising that another 10 years will probably be needed for our work to become fully self-sustaining!

It has been exciting to watch the project gradually emerge over the years to form our present structure. We now have three independent training centres in Ghana, each uniquely shaped by the interests, enthusiasm and vision of the people involved in Ghana, the UK and internationally.

Mafi Seva

In Mafi Seva village, Emperor Tsamenyi, now a well-trained and experienced homeopath (also director of a Primary Health Care Centre and effective Clean Water Project) is in the process of realising his vision of building a dedicated centre for village based homeopathic learning and treatment. Villagers arrive at Emperor’s present clinic in a steady stream to seek homeopathic treatment, usually on the recommendation of a friend or relative.

Kasoa

In Kasoa, just outside Accra, the Premier International School of Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine runs a 2-year Certificate and a 4-year Diploma of training in Homeopathy. It was a joy to meet the PISHAM students again on my last visit and see how they had grown in their clinical understanding and experience. A new training clinic has been opened in a deprived district of Accra, an area affected by the recent fire and flood that claimed many lives.

New course in Kumasi

Very exciting is the launch of a one-off 4-year course in Kumasi – the vision of our Ghana partner Bonsu Boaten and UK based homeopath Lyn Clark – to train local people by means of both face to face teaching and via internet-based learning. To run regular Webinars in a country where it is ‘lights off’ (no electricity) almost a third of the time is no mean achievement. Each student has a UK mentor and the clinics are offering homeopathy at low cost.  The Webinars have been a big breakthrough in our ability to transfer the knowledge of homeopathy.

Ehi outreach clinic with Dr Kalishankar Bhattacharyya
Ehi outreach clinic with Dr Kalishankar Bhattacharyya

International links

We have been able to send six volunteer homeopaths to Ghana and to continue our program of training courses in Kolkata, with the Drs Bhattacharyya.
We have sent three shipments of homeopathic books and remedies to Ghana over the last year, enough to give the essential textbooks to our students and to create substantial libraries in each of the three centres.

Research

As a Project, we are committed to research and monitoring the effectiveness of our work. Thanks to a grant from the Homeopathic Research Institute, we are conducting a study into the efficacy of homeopathy for the mental health and well being of our clients based at Mafi Seva clinic. The first stage is coming to an end now, so analysis can begin and the research evaluation proper can commence in a few months time.

Our team

This has been a year of both consolidation and expansion. Our team has gained tremendously in capacity. We have two new committed members: Jacqueline Smith as Project Coordinator based in Ghana, and Lyn Clark as Kumasi Co-coordinator. Some of the Ghana students are taking a more active role as well. Hundreds of people, many experiencing financial hardship and inadequate health care, have benefitted from homeopathic treatment from professionally trained homeopaths.

Are we succeeding in the goal of helping homeopathy to take root in Ghana with all the benefits it brings to enhance health care options for people in need?
After a decade of hard work, sharing our passion for homeopathy with our Ghana partners, I can confidently answer yes.

Our vision for the next ten years is to make the Project fully self-sustaining and Ghana led. We will then have a complete and equal exchange of homeopathic knowledge and Ghana will be an emerging presence on the map of countries where homeopathy is an established health care option for its people.

The 2015 Homeopathic Research Institute International Conference in Rome

In July Jacqueline Smith won a grant from the the Manchester Homeopathic Clinic to attend the HRI conference and GHP helped to fund her travel costs, as it was seen as directly relevant to our ongoing pilot and future mental health research in Ghana.

Jacqueline writes:

Jacq2Rome15-148As GHP Coordinator I appreciated the chance to meet, for the first time, individuals from other homeopathy projects in Africa and representatives from key homeopathic organisations such as EECH and the British Homeopathic Association. The studies presented ranged from mental health and malaria to respiratory tract infections and cancer. There were papers on the ethics of conducting homeopathic research and provings (homeopathic pathogenetic trials) and also on laboratory based trials involving the use of animals – I chose not to attend the latter but results were made available in plenary sessions on the last day.

Most of the trials presented appeared to show statistically significant results. The closing presentation was by fellow Glaswegian and well-respected researcher Robert T. Mathie who, with colleagues, had completed a meta-analysis of available homeopathic research up to 2013. He reported their validity as generally poor and encouraged more stringent adherence to protocols and validity measures. He stated that the best research to undertake for the purposes of credibility on homeopathic terms were Random Controlled Trials of individualised homeopathic medicines.

Petter Viksveen of the University of Sheffield presented the results of such a trial – Homeopathy in Self-reported Depression: a pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Results were statistically significant in those accepting the offer of homeopathic treatment in addition to their usual care alone. Outcome measures used were the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Generalised Anxiety Disorder( GAD-7), with results being measured at 6 and 12 months.
Interestingly, but not surprising, the most prescribed remedies were Nat Mur and Ignatia; with potencies of 30c and 200c used most often.

My thanks to MHC and GHP for enabling me to attend this conference.