Travel Report September 2010

In September 2010 another team of „Homoeopathen ohne Grenzen“ set out for Lamu/Kenia to continue basic training in classical homeopathy and to provide further training for a long-existing group of midwives.

When we reach Lamu after a long bus trip the streets are bustling, people are celebrating the end of Ramadan and enjoy companionship.

Two days later we can start lessons: it is the fifth component of fife-day seminars, scheduled are diseases of the ear-nose-throat system.

After initial hellos and a joyful reunion the students report about the experiences they have made since our last lessons: all students can tell us about successful treatment.

One student, Omar, could help a neighbor who did not leave his house after his wife’s death, neglected his work and did not talk to anybody. Being given Natrium muriaticum he overcame his depressions and returned back to life.

Impressive cases are described about treating epidemic diarrhea which struck major parts of the island. Especially Veratrum album, Carbo vegetabilis and China restored patients to health and power quickly and convincingly, so that the word of the good effect of homeopathic remedies keeps spreading.

We are reconfirmed by these reports to match our teaching concept especially with the local health problems in order to enable our students as quickly as possible to help. This is a great success for the participants after no more than 20 days of lessons.

On five mornings we teach the most important remedies for ear-nose-throat-related diseases, repeat known remedies and teach basic anatomy.

In the afternoons we meet in our training practice, our students translate. Many follow-up and also new patients show up, mostly suffering from chronical diseases for which neither money nor doctors are available. Due to this lack many patients just provide themselves with Pandol (Paracetamol), which is very cheap here and alleviates pain. Local pharmacists do not inform about risks and side effects. Chronical stomach trouble and suppressed diseases follow.

In the following week we meet the midwives in order to deepen knowledge and discuss treated cases. Nearly all of them show up for the lessons. One has died, one has to take care of her ill husband at home, all the others are able to disengage from their work as midwife or in the fields for two days.

Mama Kanzo, an elderly midwive, has to leave her field before daybreak and walks for one and a half hours to the next village on the continent where she joins another midwive for the boat trip to Lamu. Others also have been on their way since cock-crow to arrive in time for the lessons. They all appreciate some water and Mandaazi, deep-fried pastry, as refreshment.

Also here we get nice reports of successful cases, like excessive morning sickness, snakebites, children too weak for drinking and many others. We are proud to hear from our students’ success, our collaboration bears fruit!

The two days spin away by learning intensively and developing symbols as memory hooks. Performing cases provokes a lot of laughter again. This is not only a funny but also a very precise and effective method of learning remedies. Especially illiterate midwives depend on their memory when browsing for the right remedy.

Finally one of our midwives takes us to a mother who recently has delivered her baby. Everything went well, both are in good health, and the mother compliments the midwife for her great help, also with homeopathic remedies. The sour note of the story is the young mother’s age, just 15 years old, and no trace of the baby’s father!

After two exhausting and satisfying weeks we have to go home – we promise to return in January and to bring more knowledge.

Birgit Atzl

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