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by Richard Pitt - Education Officer While recently in Ghana, we started a new Ghanaian charity to support the work of the UK based charity, Homeopathy in Africa. The new charity is called Homeopathy Education and Practitioners Association (HEPA) and we are now in the process of setting up our professional, student and general membership of this new organisation. We are also planning to offer an advanced training in Pathology and Disease, a booster catch-up programme for some students who didn’t complete the full training before, as well as ongoing CPD programmes. We are also planning to look at developing a one year post-graduate training programme for medically trained personnel, so that homeopathy can be made available within the Ghanaian healthcare system. We are hoping to use this same educational model in other African countries as well. Therefore, the community of homeopaths in Ghana is growing and there is a need for our charity in the UK and now in Ghana to help evolve the professional development of Ghanaian homeopathy even further. Fifteen years of work has definitely paid its dividends and now we are in a new phase of the project. My role is now changing since I have resigned as General Coordinator to take on a new role as Education Officer for the project. Caroline Jurdon has now taken over the coordinator position and will continue the work, alongside the HIA Board of Trustees. We will be looking for a few experienced volunteers to join us next year, who will be willing to travel to Ghana for up to two months and work in our various clinical areas. This is an opportunity for people who have at least five years of experience and who want to travel to an African country and see how homeopathy is being practiced there and to be able to help in a variety of interesting clinical settings. There is something very stimulating and interesting in being able to work in an African context, especially turning up in a village somewhere and working under the mango tree. Homeopathy comes alive in these times in such a direct way and it can be a great experience. It is also good to be able to share one’s experience with local homeopaths, some of whom have a lot of experience while others are learning the ropes in clinical practice. If you are interested in participating in our work and would like to be a volunteer for the project, do contact us and we can see how we can work together and further help the evolution of homeopathy in Ghana. Finally, it was also time to give thanks and to honour the memory of one of our long-term trustees, Angie Metzger who had given many years of selfless work for the project but who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. Many of our Ghanaian friends knew her well so it was fitting for us to be able to honour her memory during our visit there.

Richard with graduate Sabah and Ghana Liaison Officer, Gasika

Richard in Clinic 

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By Grace Rhoomes - Practitioner Development Officer (GHP)


I PLANTED A SEED AND I WATCHED IT GROW

I WILL NEVER KNOW HOW?!!!

A SEED SO SMALL

GOT SO TALL

IT CLIMBED UP THE STICK

I’D STUCK IN THE GROUND

UP IT WENT

ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND

UNTIL IT SEEMED IT’D NEVER STOP

AND WHEN IT FINALLY REACHED THE TOP

IT FLOWERED………..RED

THE FARMER SAID

THAT THOSE WILL BE BEANS

AND SHE WAS RIGHT

UPON HARVESTING, THEY WERE EATEN

THAT NIGHT!


We may not be planting beans, (although I am, in a little patch in my yard!) But a collaboration of collective minds, between UK and Ghana, sowing the seeds of a shared vision of establishing classical homeopathy here in Ghana.


A new energy is emerging among our practitioners, who are setting up practice, initiating Saturday clinics, finalising plans for mobile clinics, others just happy to participate in already established spaces.


Home visits, elder care, emergency relief. Homeopathic creativity, responding to communities, in diverse situations. Have homeopathic kit will travel!


Seeds will sprout in the location planted, others flourish further afield. Seeds we thought didn’t survive, suddenly appear in future seasons, having waited for their own moment to bloom.

So in moments where we down tools, we watch and wait, observing our homeopathic vision, actualising!!!


And in those moments, like Satchmo, I think to myself ‘what a wonderful world!’



AYA: Endurance and Resourcefulness

Grace Rhoomes 24/03/2023


‘Long time gal mi never see you’……….' Jamaican folk song sings in my ears of

childhood memories. Over a period of 6 weeks , as Practitioner Development

Officer, I travel across Greater Accra, to the Volta and Ashanti regions , to meet

graduates of a Diploma in Homeopathy, run by the Ghana Homeopathy Project ,

UK. I set off across familiar terrain, on various modes of transport, trotros,

okadas, big buses and good old shanks pony!











First stop - Greater Accra

In Greater Accra I reconnect with ‘old friends’/ practitioners, Emmanuel, Gideon

and Dr Phillips ,in their respective clinics in Ashaiman, Ningo and Kasoa, along

with new graduates, from the Greater Accra hubs. After hugs and handshakes, I

listen to their impression of their training, post graduate practice, and

aspirations for providing homeopathic treatment in their own communities.

Together we take few consultations as clients drop-in , which provides an

opportunity for case analysis and remedy selection together. Great start!

I also visit a graduate at home , as is more convenient for her. She intends to

move back to her home town in the North, to set up practice there.

Ghana has 16 regions , the potential for GHP to provide homeopathic treatment

across Ghana is a real one, the more we can train people , the further the

homeopathic reach.

Next stop the Volta Region . Long journeys , rush hour traffic on motorways,

allow for helpful moments of reflection.











Volta Region – Mafi Kumase

A deep exhalation of peace in my soul, each time I visit the Volta region. Been a

while since I was here. The embracing welcome from Emperor, ever-present, as

he directs me to ‘my chair’ in readiness for case-taking!

More introductions with Volta graduates who recount tales of study and current

needs, core needs similar to Greater Accra hub.

Cases taken, some on-site, some via home visits.

 A young man’s adverse reaction to toxicity from harvesting medicinal

plants ,on a large scale farm.

 Many cases of sudden paralysis in men and women of varying ages,

aetiologies: work related stress, extreme domestic violence, grief from

loss of children decades before.

Outreach clinics invaluable not only in reaching rural communities, but for

local people who are housebound.


Last stop (but not the end!) – Ashanti Region , Kumasi

Similar feedback from Kumasi graduates. Then a healthy discussion about the

case-taking process, therapeutic relationship, and remedy reaction. Importance

of using supervision highlighted, as graduates discuss cases they would like to

take.

I head home, having now met all the graduates. Sketch of plans in my head, for

outreach clinics, to support graduates gentle transition back into practice!














Reflection

We can return to the past with nostalgia, of warm places, familiar faces,

homelands, a balancing act with soul searching, as we decide to revisit the past .

Perhaps the spiritual pull to heal others (and ourselves) is far greater and

beyond any return!

'……..come mek mi hol’ your hand gal,..come mek mi hol your han!'












Blog artist: Ebo Bright Mensah

























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GHP News update May 2022


We trustees at Homeopathy in Africa (HIA) have recently appointed and warmly WELCOME our new General Coordinator RICHARD PITT for the Ghana Homeopathy Project (GHP) Richard has much experience working as a homeopath and teaching in Africa, America and Europe. He has even previously coordinated GHP before in 2010!

HIA Trustees would also like to honour the concerted and dedicated efforts of

Lyn Clark (former Coordinator) in organising the training system that has proudly produced many new graduates of homeopathy to practice in Ghana.

THANK YOU LYN!

Following on from our last newsletter, GHP continues to expand and generate a lot of enthusiasm from students and patients alike. The diploma course has been completed and with over twenty students graduating, there was much Ghana style celebration afterwards. Lots of photos on our
Facebook page.

 

The HOPE clinic building in Volta, is now complete and is a great place for ongoing training and seeing of local patients. There is also accommodation for visiting volunteers, who will be hosted by Emperor whose vision has been behind this clinic from its inception.
The clinic in Kumasi is newly painted and renovated and will soon be ready for patients.
The REST Clinic in Tema is up and running.
In Kasoa, the INSIGHT Clinic building is well furnished and also has the IT needed for modern teaching methods.

 

GHP Autumn Trip 2019 Summary

-Louise Ainsworth

"While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man"   Maya Angelou

 

(N.B. Louise is the excellent photographer of most of the images on our site. Click on an image for more details.)

October 2019 took me on my third trip to Ghana, which means I've spent a quarter of the last two years in this beautiful country. It’s becoming like a second home and on this visit, I found my initial marvelling curiosity at every sight and smell replaced by a warm familiarity. I welcomed the engulfing heat on leaving the airport, the beaming faces to greet me and, after a few days in the capital, returning to my volunteer bedroom in the Volta region. Yet I still noticed new details everywhere. I heard goats sneeze, saw tiny birds fall from trees and listened to the crescendoing chorus of frogs after the rain. I explored hard to reach rural villages, tried more delicious local food and watched lightning crack the sky every other day. And all the time, homeopathy was humming away in the background. Often just quietly, with regular patients coming for their BP checks and children brought in weary with fever. Then at times with a huge hive of activity; patients suffering from strokes and asthma attacks - others arriving by motorbike with crippling stomach cramps in the middle of the night. A constant reminder that for a full immersion in homeopathic practice, there is no better place to be.

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