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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

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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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Updated: May 29

One of the most important things in developing educational programmes is having the support of organizations that have important experience in the field. It helps to bring a level of objective reflection and validation of the work being done. Establishing a professional training programme is not easy and in African countries can bring another level of challenge in accommodating homeopathy to different cultural norms and also in navigating the educational and political hurdles one can find. Fortunately, the previous co-ordinator of the project, Lyn Clarke, had done an amazing job in obtaining accreditation from the Society of Homeopaths in the UK for the professional curriculum she had established, along with a dedicated team of homeopathic educators. This accreditation adds great value to the programmes that have been offered and also gives validation and trust in the quality of the programme, in and out of Africa.

On becoming Co-ordinator of the project again, I felt, along with the Board of Trustees, that this important milestone in our work needs to be consolidated and built upon. Therefore, we had further discussions with the Society of Homeopaths to inform them of our progress and our future plans. We chose to focus on first offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training programmes with the graduates, to consolidate their academic training and to facilitate necessary skills for professional practice. We are also in the process of getting the school we established formally recognized with the Traditional Medicine Practitioners Council (TMPC) under the name, International College of Homeopathy (Ghana). Our goal is to continue to develop the professional training programme in the future, adjusting it to the needs of practice in an African context and also to explore the possibilities of distant learning models.

We are now establishing a CPD programme, and have created a team of volunteer homeopaths to be on our educational committee, some of whom have been working with our new graduates for some years. This gives an important continuity for the graduates and further supports their movement into practice.

We also reached out to a UK based school, the Welsh School of Homeopathy, seeking to create another partnership with a professional programme based in the UK. The Welsh school is one of the longest running professional programmes in the UK and one of its founders, Bill Rumble, has a lot of experience in various African countries, including Ghana. They have been happy to come aboard as a partner and to support our CPD work, amongst other programmes, as we move forward.

Therefore, the original vision of the project that began 17 years ago continues to blossom and we are excited at this new stage in the project's evolution.

Richard Pitt

Project Coordinator.

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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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