A MONTH IN GHANA

Julian Jonas
by Julian Jonas

Night had already fallen when the motorcycle slowly puttered up to the clinic.  It was during the periodic “lights out” that beset the village every 72 hours or thereabouts, so electricity had been shut down until dawn. I would learn that patients often arrived at the clinic in this manner, sandwiched between the driver and someone riding shotgun who kept them upright. 
 
The patient, a lean middle-aged man, was already lying on a simple mattress on the concrete floor.  When I asked Emperor what the problem was, he told me it appeared to be an acute hernia. “He’s been here before for the same thing.  People come here all the time with hernias. Farmers, labourers – they work very hard.  I give them a remedy and it usually works very well.  They prefer it to surgery – which, at any rate, they can’t afford.  Give him 20 minutes, you’ll see”. At some point in the night, long after I retired, he apparently was brought back home. 
 
The next morning after breakfast as Emperor and I were seeing a patient, a man casually sauntered up and sat down.  When we had finished, Emperor turned to me and said, “You see?”   I replied, “See what?”  “This is the man from last night, the man with the hernia…” There was that grin again.  “He has come to thank us…  Says he’s fine.”  The man flashed me a broad smile as well, said a few words and went on his way. In Ghana people do not always have ready access to doctors and hospitals.

Emperor’s given name is Samuel Komla Tsamenyi.  He is the clinic manager and lead homeopath at the clinic in Mafi Seva and has a background in water engineering as the project manager of a water project in the Volta Region of Ghana.   Fifteen years or so earlier, an India-based philanthropic organization had sponsored the project to bring water to a region where people were needing to spend a good portion of their day walking long distances to and from a single watering hole which did not have clean water. Dracunculiasis was endemic, a particularly unpleasant waterborne parasite, better known as Guinea Worm. As part of the clean water project a rural medical clinic was established with a few nurses, midwifes and outreach workers. Several years into the project Linda Shannon, a visiting homeopath from England, suggested that it would be a wonderful idea to make homeopathy available at the clinic.  And so, the Ghana Homeopathy Project was born.

Homeopaths – mostly British – volunteered to travel to Ghana, treat the villagers as well as teach at a small school established in the capital city of Accra.  Emperor originally was enlisted as a translator, but seeing the efficacy of these tiny white pills he quickly became enamoured with the idea of becoming a homeopath himself.  Over the years he has become a very good one, with the broad range of experience that one might expect from treating medically underserved African villagers. 
 
Africa is something of a new frontier for homeopathy.  Aside from Ghana there are clinical and educational projects underway in a number of countries including Kenya, Botswana, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Here, a low-tech, inexpensive, effective and gentle medical modality such as homeopathy seems to be a perfect fit.

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Before heading off to Ghana I was given the impression from past volunteers with whom I spoke that most of the cases in the village clinic of Mafi Seva would be relatively simple ones of acute illness or injuries.   This turned out to be not entirely accurate. Emperor does treat chronic cases and has become especially adept at finding out the emotional aspects of each as, as well as unearthing the causes. Homeopathy treats people and not diseases – each person is a unique individual with a history.

The cases were simple in the sense that they were fairly straightforward. Unlike my own practice where many patients have chronic degenerative diseases, autoimmune illness or complex mental states often complicated by medical and dental interventions as well as multiple prescriptions, the people I saw in the village presented with conditions and histories that were less involved.  There were fewer strands and influences to untangle, and, overall, responses to the remedies seemed to be more immediate.

Nevertheless, the vast majority of the people I treated presented with problems that were of a chronic nature.   Even the injury cases stemmed from incidents years or decades earlier, or involved structural issues as a result of repeated strain, lifting and carrying. Like most rural areas in the undeveloped world, the labours of farming, construction and other chores of life are not mechanized. There is a great deal of physical stress placed on their bodies. The women also have the additional effects of bearing and giving birth to large numbers of children.

Ghanaian villagers, again especially the women, are remarkably skilled at carrying things on their heads like large trays bearing piles of cassava root or a substantial piece of luggage. It is not unusual to spot a schoolgirl walk home in the afternoon with her books on her head. But years of such burdens can take a toll.

More to the point, the perception that the cases were simple was probably more a reflection of how the practitioner worked than of the patient.  Given the opportunity and inclination to understand the full symptom picture along with the accompanying physical and mental states, as well as explore the medical and personal life history, one finds a fair amount of complexity indeed.  Put more succinctly, you get what you are looking for.

With the case of an older woman who complained of palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and general fatigue, on examination her blood pressure and pulse were fairly normal but a careful history revealed that the onset of her complaints was synchronous with the death of one of her adult children a number of years before.   In fact, within a period of several years, she had lost three of her children.

She was a reserved, serious person, loath to complain or share with others the burden of her losses. Thinking of her children always aggravated her symptoms, but she would only allow herself tears when alone.

Although there was a significant cardiac component, this was clearly a case of what is listed in the Repertory as ‘ailments from grief’.  More specifically, it was a case of ‘prolonged and unresolved ailments from grief’.  Based on this rubric as well as a few others related to her general demeanour and general physical symptoms, she was given a dose of the remedy that most closely fitted this picture. Due to the short length of my stay in the village I was not able to have any follow-up on these patients.  But I felt confident that they were given deep acting remedies that addressed the underlying causes of their complaints.

Old Lady

One hot and slow afternoon at the clinic in Mafi Seva, a taxi drove up with an old woman accompanied by three of her adult children.   While she lay sprawled out in the back seat, the children got out and approached us to ask if it might be possible to treat their mother.

They explained that while walking in the fields about three years earlier, she had experienced a sharp pricking pain on the tip of the large toe of her left foot.  It had immediately become quite inflamed, and she went to the hospital for treatment.  The inflammation subsequently had subsided until about four months ago when with no apparent cause it re-emerged.  This time though the inflammation spread and treatment at the hospital had proved ineffective.

She appeared to be in a semi-comatose state but aware enough to be experiencing pain as her face was in a grimace.  The bottom of the toe in question was quite black as was an ulcerated area about the size of a human hand on the upper foot in front of the ankle. The children were not able to provide any other relevant information.  But the lesions were profound and serious, appearing quite septic.  There was no way to be sure, but it seemed reasonable to surmise the ‘pricking’ in the field was from the bite of a snake or some other poisonous animal.

One remedy came to mind immediately that was well known for septic wounds and black discoloration. Historically used for blood poisoning arising from cuts, snakebites, or gunshot wounds, in homeopathic dilutions it has remarkable curative properties for all kinds of obstinate wounds or bad infections.

After the remedy was made up into a liquid solution and handed over to the children with instructions to give daily doses for several weeks before getting back to us, the three of them sat silently with their eyes going back forth between the small vial of clear liquid and myself. Doubt, incredulity and disappointment were written on their faces. I am not sure what they had expected – perhaps a direct treatment on the wound or injections or more impressive looking medicines, but my assurance that the medicine was indeed quite potent seemed to assuage them very little.  Nevertheless, they said they would dispense the medicine as directed and let us know how it went.

One unfortunate aspect of working at the clinic for a mere three weeks was that follow-up on many of the patients was either incomplete or nonexistent.  Fortunately, a little serendipity afforded a bit of feedback in this case, when we met one of the children in the local market.

Apparently, her mother had started responding to the remedy immediately.  The wound was turning from black to red, the pain was diminishing and her mental capacity had returned to the extent that she was talking again.  She said that though they were dubious at first, the family was very encouraged. Though it was still early in the curative process, the changes were fairly dramatic for such a short period of time.   Hopefully, the remedy will bring her to a full recovery.

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Julian Jonas is a Certified Homeopath practicing in Vermont, United States since 1991. He has travelled frequently to India for homeopathic studies. The trip to Mafi Seva was his first to Africa.

Teaching and learning surging ahead in Kumasi

Teaching over the internet

The last few months we have seen a fruitful collaboration in teaching between our trained teachers of homeopathy, such as Rebecca Sturgeon, Jane Parkin, Angie Metzger, Jo Morgan, Jacqueline Smith, linda Shannon, Lyn Clark, and Dion Tabrett, and the Kumasi group of students under the tutelage of Bonsu Boaten.

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Regular webinars

The team run, with the technical help of Peter Jadinge and others, online webinars that allow at a distance for face to face teaching replete with Q&A sessions between tutor and students.

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Mentoring

A whole system of mentoring has been set up by Lyn Clark helped by others, so to guarantee that all students can get the full benefit of quality teaching and make full progress in their homeopathy studies.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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

Angie Metzger’s trip to Ghana November 2012

Moving forward

Repertory work is heavy...I just came back form Ghana inspired and motivated. Emperor at Mafi-Seva is busy seeing patients and the good results attract people in need for health care from far and wide. He is also holding regular outreach clinics in the neighbouring communities offering homeopathic treatment to people in need.

Homeopathy is also used in labour and childbirth, women come to the centre to be assisted by the resident local birth attendant with mother and baby in mind. It has been encouraging to witness the interest in homeopathy by the two young assistant nurses. Thanks to the Sheilagh Creasy fund we were able to offer a bursary toward the college fees to enable one of them to study at PISHAM to gain an acknowledged certificate in future. The word of Homeopathy is spreading…

PISHAM at Kasoa/Accra has enrolled a new intake of students, all motivated and inspired to learn about he system of Homeopathy and to gain qualifications. Ingrid Daniels and I shared teaching the curriculum topics. All years are progressing and the student clinic is well attended. Grace Narty, clinic manager, is busy with treating patients and supervising students. Many patients are reporting great improvement in their conditions.

I also had the opportunity to meet with the registrar for Traditional and Alternative Medicine to discuss the way forward with a view to registration and practice.

Dr. Julius Berdie, Prinicpal of PISHAM, is encouraged by the interest all around. As the School is still in its infancy funding will be needed to move forward and we appreciate donations and fundraising opportunities in support of this worthwhile cause.

We also offer opportunities for volunteers to help our Project in Ghana, please contact us via this website.
Thank you all who have supported us with your generous donations, time and good wishes – the fruits are growing in Ghana.
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Angelika Metzger
BA(Hons); Lic.LCCH; RSHom; PGCE
Homeopath & Supervisor
Tel: 020 8830 6020
www.amhomeopath.co.uk