The Training of the Basics…

The basic training from 2004 to 2006  

Obviously, it had been the talk of the town of Sarajevo and beyond the frontiers of Bosnia, that soon a homeopathic training would start. Forty interested people from Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia were sitting in the hall in Sarajevo during the decisive week-end, open and willing to learn, looking forward to the 2 ½ year – training, enabling them to use homeopathy professionally as healing method.  

As we know it from trainings in Germany, also the Bosnian group was very mixed as far as the medical pre-experiences are concerned: On one hand, a lot of people belonging to different medical professions: pharmacists, midwives, (female) doctors, students of medicine, nurses, next to it a number of interested laymen: From lawyer to (female) teacher, some housewives and family wives.

A lot of them came directly from Sarajevo, the others from native towns – Mostar, Zenica, some, however, had to pass long distances in order to take part in the training happening monthly: a group from Belgrad, a female member from Split in Croatia. Therefore, we had a group also mixed ethnically, the unifying and common aim of which was the learning of homeopathy. Nearly a quarter of the participating persons were men.  

In the first half year, exceptionally basic training took place: Theory of homeopathy, teaching of remedies, revision of cases, acute and chronical treatment, etc. Thereupon, the teaching practice was etablished in addition to the training week-ends, bringing about practical working in the homeopathy.

There patients came with their multiple themes and pathologies, we, the HOG guest teachers carried out the anamnesis, later also our Bosnian colleagues under our supervision. Thereupon, the cases were discussed and, “after the rules of art”, the way of finding the right remedy was practised with the group.

The basic training included five hundred hours theory training plus 180 hours teaching practice, which had to be finished by the students at least.  

A medical training (330 hours) for those who couldn`t show any medical education was being carried out at the same time. Organisation and training were totally a matter of the Bosnian Society for Homeopathy.  

On the whole, this comprehensive basic training represented for the homeopathy students a big temporary and financial challenge as well as in substance, which they had to cope with beside their other professional and private obligations.                          

At the end of the 3-year-training, there were still 26 participiants left, 21 of them successfully have passed their examen in the meantime and got an International Diplome for Classical Homeopathy. For this purpose, independently executed chronic cases and acute treatments had to be documented and handed in, as well as a written knowledge test had to be passed.  

Thus, the basic training was according to the directions of quality of the German certification authorities SHZ and BKHD as well as to the European directions of the ECCH.          

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The Winter Olympics 1984 took place in Sarajevo as well as in the mountains of its region.

Since 1992, Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its declaration of independence of Yugoslavia led to the war of Bosnia, in which Sarajevo was a hard-fought city.

The city of Sarajevo has a population of 304.000 and approx. 500.000 people live in the metropolitan area of Sarajevo. Therefore, Sarajevo is the city in this country with the most population.

During the war in Bosnia, Sarajevo was divided into one of the Bosnian and Herzegovina government controlled Bosnia-Croatian part and into one of the Republic of Serbian Krajina controlled Serbian part which shelled each other. The part controlled by the government troops (the city centre and the old town also belong to it) was beleaguered for exactly 1425 days.

The siege began on 5th April 1992 and is the longest siege in the history of the city. The core of Sarajevo was completely surrounded. Due to this siege and battles, 10,615 people from all ethnic groups including 1,601 children were killed according to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Approx. 50,000 people were partly seriously injured by shells, mines or marksmen.

More background to the war in Bosnia, you will find in our book-documentation about the project in Mostar.