First Pan-African Homeopathy Congress in Kenya by Elisabeth von Wedel, MSc.Hom, Chair of Homeopaths Without Borders (HOG)
Around 70 homeopathic doctors and therapists from all over the world gathered in May this year for the first Pan-African Homeopathy Congress in Kenya. Jeremy Sherr, England, and Marie Maigré, Netherlands, had invited. Both have been active homeopaths on the African continent for several years: Marie Maigré has been running a college for classic homeopathy in Kwale near Mombasa, Kenya for about 5 years. Around 60 students learn homeopathy and basic medical training in 3500 hours of class. As the host, she made the school campus available for the congress. Jeremy Sherr, internationally known for his seminars and drug trials, moved to Tanzania a few years ago, where he has been running a humanitarian project since 2000.
The declared goal and vision of the organizers of the congress is to gather all initiators of homeopathic projects in Africa at one table, to exchange experiences and to establish a network. A wide range of topics was covered. It was fascinating to see how many committed homeopaths courageously, courageously and equipped with a lot of pioneering spirit in the different countries of Africa do meaningful work in very different ways and have different experiences. Common to all is the vision to spread the knowledge of homeopathy in the countries of Africa. Homeopathy could be able to bridge the gap between traditional healing methods and conventional medicine, similar to what it was in India at the time. At the congress it was discussed how a reasonably uniform and high quality standard of training can be maintained, given the different teaching locations and their challenges.
While academic training can be implemented in cities, a completely different approach is required in rural areas. The midwife Rehema Bakari received great applause, who described impressive cases from her practice. As an illiterate at HOG, she received special training using symbol cards, which has now enabled her to, among other things, To stop postnatal bleeding homeopathically and thus save lives. Dr. Julius Berdy from Ghana described the development of homeopathy in his country. Homeopathy has become a legally recognized healing method there, a success of the HOG Netherlands and committed local doctors. The political strategy was of great general interest. In the face of corruption or inadequately functioning administrations, political work is a major challenge for all projects. In addition to the exchange of experience on political work and drug registration, the practical aspects of everyday homoeopathic life in Africa rounded off the variety of topics. Controversial questions were discussed here, such as the unreliable HIV / AIDS diagnosis in many African countries or the sense or nonsense of homeopathic malaria treatment. A first unpublished cohort study on homeopathic complementary treatment for HIV / AIDS was presented by Barbara Braun and her team from Swaziland. These and other points offered
enough cause for controversial but fruitful discussion among colleagues.
All in all, this congress was a complete success, an inspiring and extremely encouraging event this spring. As Jeremy Sherr aptly said in his summary: "Africa is ready for homeopathy and we are ready for Africa." You can also find more detailed information and some conference contributions as a video on the website of Homeopaths Without Borders "www.homöopathenohnegrenzen.de". (pm)