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).
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.
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.
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.
My experience in studying homeopathy and being mentored by very experienced homeopaths on my diploma course has given me an opportunity to understand the oneness that exists between humans and the environment. We are all connected and depend on each other. Everything we see around, whether edible or not, have something to offer humankind.
Who would have thought
that poison ivy, venom of poisonous snake,
bee stings or disease substances
would have something good to offer?
Through homeopathic dilution,
succussion and trituration,
they become useful.
Through the study of homeopathy, I have learned that there is a balancing mechanism (the vital force) that keeps us in health. When imbalanced there is disease and in its absence, there is death. Homeopathic remedies boost this mechanism to correct the imbalance.
Through my clinical practice with our lead mentors, a 15 year old girl who had skin disease for ten years is healed. An 83 year old man with asthma for 21 years is doing very well. My children and I have also benefited immensely from homeopathy.
I have come to understand that situations make people change and the changes can only be seen through their actions, thoughts, ideas and their affirmations. As a student homeopath, listening to people’s cases and practising case-taking, with the help of our dear experienced mentors and volunteer teachers, has helped me personally to work on my limitations. Homeopathy has helped me to appreciate everything and everyone.
When one pours water on a group of people, their reactions will never be the same. One may cry, one may run and hide, one may express anger and one may laugh and welcome the splash of water. If we were to treat these people, different remedies would be given to each one of them. This makes homeopathy unique. I am entreating all student homeopaths, especially the Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group, to take homeopathy to the highest level. We need our health and it can be found in HOMEOPATHY.
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.
The Alternative Health Provider
By Samuel Komla Tsamenyi (Emperor)
It 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
The 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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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).
Ben 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.’
‘Onipa Apomuden Ye Ate Nkwa’
A person’s health is his life
PISHAM is On the Move (again!)
For 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!
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!
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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!
Kasapa – Student Talk!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kenneth 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!
Christopher 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.
Anoeshka 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.
Lionel 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.
Phillip 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!
Ti Koro Nnk o Ayging!
Two heads are better than one!
Oh, 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!
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By Bonsu Boaten, Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group Founder and Manager of Resource Centre
It has been seven years since the Ghana Homeopathy Project started supporting us in Kumasi. We have come a long way since our first clinic on the 20th of June 2008 when Mel Duprés was our first visiting homeopath.
Since then we had a full time clinic for a year (about to be resurrected), homeopathic visitors from as far afield as India, USA, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Israel, Australia, not to mention the UK, just to name a few.
The vision from the start was to train the next generation of homeopathic practitioners to serve the needs of the people in and around Kumasi. We are well on our way to achieving that dream.
Our focus in Kumasi over the year has been the successful adoption of the Introduction to Homeopathy Course put together by Homeopathy for Health in Africa. With just a little over a month left to complete our first year of what is to be a four year training programme, students, tutors and mentors are very satisfied with what we have been able to achieve this year and our sincere gratitude goes out to the many people who have contributed in many diverse ways to make it all possible, especially to Lyn Clark, The GHP Kumasi Coordinator. We have been fortunate to have had a number of visits from inspirational and experienced homoeopaths such as Linda Shannon, Lyn Clark, Jacqueline Smith and Julian Jonas and we are looking forward to more from the experienced team of international homeopathy teachers lined up to grace us here in Kumasi before the end of the year.
We have been able to leverage modern communication technology to bring a truly international team of teachers and mentors together with webinars and Skype mentoring.
Over the past few years we have received well over 500 books. Previously we had a selection of the best titles on display and available for borrowing but we have found a larger space and are proud to have all our books out on display as of July 2015. Now we are truly spoilt for choice.
Recently we were also able to get an inter -Ghana exchange going with Emperor Tsamenyi, who runs the clinic at Mafi Seva, making the trip to Kumasi. He shared much with us of his experiences using homeopathy in the Ghanaian set up. It was like a visit from our big brother and we are making plans to return his visit in the near future.
On the 15th May 1817 Thomas Edward Bowdich was the first Englishman to enter Kumasi. I find it very interesting that almost two hundred years later a great homeopathic legacy is being put in place by those who have followed in his footsteps.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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.
Ever 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.
The 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.
I 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.