Published on February 3, 2014
Case Studies of Projects and Bursaries Programs Successfully Completed By Study By: Dr. Kabita Mishra Page Senior Research Fellow (Homoeopathy) Central Research Institute (Homoeopathy) | Noida | INDIA 1 BHMS, MBA (Hospital Management)
SN Titles Pages 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. Homeopathy Wood St. Mungo’s Homeless Project Holistic Health and Happiness Homeopathy for Health in Africa Ghana Homeopathy Project Swaziland Homeopathy Project Homeopathy for Addictions A handbook for homeopaths working with patients with mental health problems Homeopathy Cancer Support Project About Dr. Kabita Mishra Vote of Thanks 02 - 06 07 - 08 09 - 11 12 - 13 14 - 19 20 - 22 23 - 24 25 - 27 2 28 - 30 31 - 32 33 - 33 Page 09. 10. 11.
Page 3 1. Homeopathy Wood
This tree-planting scheme was set up in 2002, when two charities, The Society of Homeopaths Trust Company and Friends of Homeopathy amalgamated to form Homeopathy Action Trust. It is symbolic of the Trust putting down its roots and a long term project which will give joy and satisfaction for years to come. In growing and maturing, it will provide a focus for awareness rising with different groups of people. The Homeopathy Action Trust invited Northamptonshire County Council to manage the project. The Trust provides the main ‘gateway’ for sponsorship and the Council plants and manages the trees for life, using organic principles. The wood is growing at Sywell Country Park in Northamptonshire and there is space at this site for several years yet. After that they’ll be looking for other sites. For map and directions, see below. Page NCC is committed to improving the local environment through partnership working and this is an exciting first step on what they hope is a highly successful project. It could be invaluable 4 Here are quotes from the two organizations: The vision behind the wood is that they will individually and collectively grow our very own homeopathy wood. All trees in the native wood will be related to homeopathic remedies. As well as providing pleasure for many and opportunities for raising awareness, they will be helping the environment. - Mary Clarke, first Executive Director of Homeopathy Action Trust.
for environment promotion, education and increased awareness locally and nationally. It could also act as a model for others in both education and enhancement of a natural resource. - Jason Longhurst, Natural Environment Team leader, Northamptonshire County Council. Page 5 The first planting was in December 2002, when over 600 individually sponsored trees were planted. A further 230 trees were planted in December 2003 and in winter 2004 & 2005 a further 185, making over 1000 in all. See below to find out more about the species planted in the native wood, and the specimens in the arboretum. The scheme is open to everyone, whether local to the wood or nationally. People choose to mark many occasions with tree planting. Success in examinations for example or birth or marriage or other special occasions such as wedding anniversaries, birthdays, engagements. The trees are planted in the winter, the optimum planting time- you may come along to help dig them in on the day. You can plant an individual tree for £20, or a tree clump (3-5 trees) for £50.
Tree List and Location Map These are some of the native trees related to homeopathic remedies on our planting list: Beech, Hawthorn, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Spindle, Sycamore, Yew, Willow Page Below is a map and directions for Sy theyll Country Park; for SatNav users, the postcode for the Park is NN6 0QX. 6 In the Arboretum: White cedar, Scots pine, Black spruce
Page 7 2. St. Mungo’s Homeless Project
HAT has funded two homeopaths who trained at the London School of Classical Homeopathy to work in various hostels for the homeless owned by the charity St. Mungo’s. Thelma West had already been volunteering at two hostels for homeless people in London and decided to apply for funding in the hope of spreading this work a little wider. She currently visits one hostel for men only, and one mixed hostel. Claire Brock well has started work at a women’s refuge on a fortnightly basis. “Thanks to HAT for starting us off on a project that is already proving to be very exciting,”- says Thelma. Page 8 Both Claire and Thelma have found that homeopathy is very helpful to people typically presenting with insomnia, anxiety and digestive problems in these situations. Further, government cuts will reduce the numbers of permanent staff who help residents suffering from addictions- another area where homeopathy has proven helpful- making the work of Thelma, Claire and those like them all the more important.
Page 9 3. Holistic Health and Happiness
Debbie Partridge and Lucy Patrick (pictured above, left and right) have set up a low cost clinic to promote and encourage easy access to homeopathy for staff, students and families linked to Exeter University. Page Lucy writes- “Our first six months promoting homeopathy at Exeter University, thanks mainly to the funding from HAT, has been a positive experience. The main things they have achieved during this time-span: 1. A weekly presence (stall) in a very visible, central area of the University (the foyer in the Students Guild). 2. An ongoing weekly drop in for staff and students in a confidential environment. 3. Ongoing networking with relevant staff members of the University, mainly the Sports Centre wellness Officer and the new overall wellness Manager. 4. Stalls at University well-being events such as the wellbeing Fayre and Valentines Fair at the beginning of the year. 5. Evening introductory sessions to students in their halls of residence as part of the Healthy Halls program. 10 Building on the successful practice of a previous on-campus homeopath, the clinic aims to provide a secure, friendly and confidential environment in which Lucy and Debbie, both qualified homeopaths, deliver comprehensive homeopathic treatment, including remedies.
6. Treatment both chronic and acute of staff and students. 7. Networking with other health professionals linked to the University. 8. An agreement with the Students Guild who will endorse our activities next year. 9. Working towards being part of the new wellbeing Clinic being set up on campus next year. Evolving a working partnership with a fellow homeopath. 10. The instigation of a new “University survival” basic homeopathy course over 3 weeks at the Sports Hall. Page 11 The Homeopathy Action Trust awarded £750 for this project.
Page 12 4. Homeopathy for Health in Africa
“As word of our results spreads, people are coming from far and wide asking us to open clinics in their villages… To sustain the project and maintain growth they are running a number of education and farm projects. This is challenging work that needs all the support it can get”- Jeremy Sherr. HAT has continued to support ‘Homeopathy for Health in Africa’ (HHA) – a project set up by Jeremy and Camilla Sherr for patients with AIDS in Africa. Started in Tanzania in 2008, the project has helped over 1500 patients with AIDS, malaria and a range of other diseases using homeopathy to great effect. Page 13 The HHA project now includes ten village clinics plus a hospital clinic. Most of the patients are taking conventional medicines including anti-retroviral treatments. Complementary homeopathy and other welfare initiatives are proving highly effective. With malnutrition as a major issue among patients, several food projects and vegetable gardens have also been initiated with HAT’s support.
Page 14 5. Ghana Homeopathy Project
They, together with Homeopaths without Borders, are working to help to realize the dream of our Ghanaian partner, homeopath Julius Berdie, whose vision is the establishment of a first class Page A New Training Institution They are celebrating the Project’s 5th birthday this year and there have been some exciting developments. Angie Metzger visited Ghana last October and had the opportunity to meet at the ministry for Traditional and Alternative Medicine to discuss the development of homeopathy in Ghana and the role of the Ghana Homeopathy Project in offering professional education programs together with our local partner Julius Berdie and ‘Homeopaths Without Borders’. The response has been very encouraging and they are working towards fulfilling the required criteria. 15 Initially offering simple first aid in a small rural village they have developed and grown into a teaching and clinical project led by the initiatives of our Ghanaian partners. The generosity of volunteers has fuelled our inspiration to support homeopathy as an affordable and sustainable healing method. They receive many enquiries from all over the world and during the past year they recruited 6 volunteers to support our work in Ghana. These experienced homeopaths generously donated their time and funds to take part in this worthwhile venture to travel to Ghana and work there with our local affiliates. All volunteers have come back with many stories to tell and a deep experience of sharing between cultures. They have published some of our volunteers’ reports on our website: www.ghanahomeopathy.org
homeopathic training institution in Ghana. They now have premises, located just outside Accra, with several classrooms, a clinic room, a library, and 15 students! The new institution has been registered as the Premier International Institute of Homeopathy and Natural Health, the name chosen by the Ghanaian teachers and students. Page They are now planning to use modern communications technology to create web seminars and Skype teaching as well as mentoring for the Ghanaian students. This way they can bring in the teaching and clinical skills of homeopaths throughout the world to share our knowledge and love of homeopathy with the Ghanaians. 16 In Ghana, to establish a new tertiary institution, it is required to go through an in depth accreditation process, under the guidance of the National Accreditation Board- whilst the new school is overseen by a mentor institution. The Contemporary College of Classical Homeopathy (http://www.conhom.com) has kindly stepped in to fulfill this essential function, which will take 5 years to complete. They will support the curriculum planning and quality assurance of the local Ghanaian educational institution. The shared goal is to create a first class institution to train the future Ghanaian homeopaths. This will indeed be a first in Western Africa. They have sent books, remedies and volunteer teachers. They are planning to bring together theory and practice by organizing field trips for our students to the rural clinics as part of our clinical training program.
Page Research Thanks to, the donations they received from Homeopathy Action Trust, they plan to initiate a research program working with our Ghana partners. They would like to look at the effectiveness of homeopathy in the area of mental health. Tertiary institutions in Ghana are encouraged to engage in research, so this project will be based at the new college. They plan to seek help from The Homeopathy Research Institute to develop good protocols for the research. 17 College Administrator And Homeopathic Student Mr. Frederick Ajblor ‘Homeopathy treats the whole person, not the pathology. When I discovered homeopathy, I immediately wanted to study it to the highest level. They want people to help us, come and teach, donate books remedies and funds. They will make you very welcome. Right now they plan to offer free access courses teaching ‘homeopathy in the home’, so that people from all walks of life can experience homeopathy for themselves.” They are looking for experienced teachers to volunteer to go to Ghana to teach the student group following our established curriculum. They are also seeking help to establish the online training aspect, people with knowledge of communications technology, who can help set up webinars, teach via Skype, mentor students etc. To develop the school further they seek funding support to continue with the groundbreaking work and to offer bursaries to students. They are looking for computers, books and remedies.
18 Page Kumasi Resource Centre Last autumn they gratefully accepted the opportunity to ship over 1000 books that were so generously donated by homeopaths from all over the world to Ghana. In Kumasi, with our partner Bonsu Boaten, they have opened a resource library of homeopathic books for the alternative health community and clinic. Our intention is to open for patients there as well as starting courses in homeopathy for interested health workers. They plan to use online training in Kumasi also, with computers based at the new centre. This way, students from Kumasi can cover part of their training
in Kumasi and part at the Accra Institute. They also would like to place a longer term volunteer in Kumasi to facilitate clinics and training there. Mafi Seva Clinic Another branch of our work is the support of clinics within an integrated health care centre managed by Clinical Director ‘Emperor’ in the rural area of the loweyr Volta region. Patients come regularly to the clinic requesting homeopathy as word of mouth of healing has spread. With the support of our donors, Emperor went on a further training course to Kolkata to enhance his prescribing skills. He is engaged in regular supervision with Sheila Ryan in the U.K., they are also supporting trainee village based homeopath Pastor John with supervision by UK homeopath Ingrid Daniels and a small financial donation to help with local expenses in providing clinics for patients on low incomes. They are honored having received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Homeopaths rewarding the work by the Ghana team here in the U.K. and abroad. Page 19 Frontline Homeopathy/Homeopathy Action Trust awarded £10,000 and makes additional funds available as they are donated for this project.
Page 20 6. Swaziland Homeopathy Project
In 2012 the Swaziland Homeopathy Project received a further sum of £600 from HAT and this is being used in the establishment of 5 new community outreach clinics which are now managed by the trainee homeopaths. These community clinics are entirely organized by the students in order to assist them in learning to develop sustainable outreach clinics and good practice management skills. The student homeopaths have formed an Association and are managing the funds received from their clinics. Those attending clinical training regularly are taking “the case” under supervision, repertorising and making good prescriptions. In May, 2012, six of the students accompanied by Barbara Braun, Jeannette Adair and Peggy Bide attended the first Pan African Homeopathy Congress held at 4Kenia homeopathy school, at Kwale Page In December 2012 the annual summer school was conducted by Ellen Kramer, the Principal of the London College of Practical Homeopathy. This forms part of collaboration with the Maun Homeopathy Project. Three students from Botswana and Joseph Msumba from Malawi also travelled a great distance to join the Swazi students. SHP was privileged to be able to host a UK based teacher who also has experience with homeopathic clinics in Ghana. 21 Peggy Kunene, one of the homeopathy students, has been appointed clinic manager and senior translator and is now responsible for orientating the volunteer homeopaths with all details regarding all the project’s clinics
near Mombassa. Barbara made two presentations at the congress; “Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland” and a presentation on the project’s research and data base results. Overall, this was a hugely inspiring, educational and stimulating event and all the students who attended came away with a sense of belonging to something much greater than just Swaziland’s effort to provide homeopathy to those in need. This has been demonstrated by a greater commitment by these students to the project and they have now obtained land from a local chief of the community on the outskirts of Mbabane. The aim is to build a permanent centre to sustain the project’s clinics and further training initiatives. Page 22 Homeopathy Action Trust awarded £2,000
Page Homeopathy for Addictions Director Tracey Woodward Gagetta, BA, BSc, LCHE, MARH has been working in the field of substance misuse for over 5years in the UK and Canada. She recently finished a post as Performance Commissioner for the NHS in Northeast London and previously worked as a specialist working with women and as safeguarding lead for two charities. Her bespoke Tauto-Mod™ titration system, specifically developed to treat the symptoms of cravings, withdrawal and toxicty in substance misuse is currently subcontracted by one of the leading drug service providers Turning Point in Weminster starting April 2013. 23 7. Homeopathy for Addictions
The addictions pilot project was small scale consisting of 12 individuals prescribing for drug, alcohol, poly drug use and dual diagnosis cases for alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and crack and heroin addiction. It commenced mid-summer 2012 and was funded by the Homeopathy Action Trust and Helios Homeopathy. This pilot project ran at the Perry Clayman Project and Slough Homeless Our Concern day shelter. Patients received treatment from 6 to 10 weeks. But it depended on time in residential facility or attendance of homeless shelter. During the initial consultation, a full comprehensive assessment took place. The patient would then be assessed using the Tauto-ModTM titration system and prescribed for depending on severity of symptoms. Every week the patient would attend a follow-up appointment lasting from 30 minutes to 1-hour, in which time the tautopathy system would be re-assessed, recorded and prescribed for (if applicable). Depending on other health issues, particularly mental health, the patient would also be prescribed other medications. Page 24 Homeopathy Action Trust awarded £1,000 for this project.
Page 25 8. A handbook for homeopaths working with patients with mental health problems
This handbook has been developed as a resource for homeopaths, particularly those who are working outside of the conventional healthcare system. The information it contains is drawn from people with expertise in the field of mental healthcare, both conventional, and homeopathic. It is not designed to help improve the quality of your homeopathic prescribing; it is concerned purely with case management issues and will suggest strategies for dealing with challenging situations in practice. This handbook will not help you to become an expert in the field of mental health. Please refer to the information here alongside your professional code of ethics and practice and remember to seek advice whenever you feel out of your depth. The Trustees of the Homeopathy Action Trust would like to express their gratitude to all those who have given freely of their time to input into this handbook. Thank you to the practitioners and the Page This handbook will be revised regularly and the latest version will always be on this page. Please don’t email copies to others that might soon become out of date, always guide others to download directly from this page. To be kept informed when revisions are available, join our quarterly newsletter mailing list– you can unsubscribe at any time. 26 This handbook is free to download but its production has been funded entirely by the Homeopathy Action Trust. Please consider donating to our funds or joining as a member to allow us to fund more projects in the future, such as this handbook.
Page 27 carers who have been willing to share their knowledge, experience and opinions. Thank you also to the Homeopathy Course Providers Forum and to the professional bodies; The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, The Homeopathic Medical Association and The Society of Homeopaths; your cooperation and supports have been invaluable. In particular, they would to like thank Kate Chatfield for this immense contribution to our profession.
* A Currently Ongoing Project * Page 28 9. Homeopathy Cancer Support Project
The Homeopathy Cancer Support Project is a one-year study funded by Homeopathy Action Trust and based in Hampshire. It provides two types of homeopathic support: 1. For the side effects of conventional cancer treatments: chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, using therapeutic combinations specially designed for the study. 2. An individualized three-month holistic health boost for users following their conventional cancer treatment. Page Clinical Homeopath and Chartered Psychologist, Jennifer Poole reports: ‘It has been extremely rewarding working with both users and WCT volunteers and they are also developing valuable insight into how best to deliver this type of support in the future’. 29 The Project is open to anyone receiving conventional cancer treatment for any type of cancer. Working closely with volunteers at Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT) and other local health organizations, the project is gathering user-centered ratings of effectiveness in each category of support. To date there has been a good response from users, particularly for the health boost option which combines emotional and physical aspects for each participant.
This Project will continue until July 2013. The Final Report will be available from September 2013. For further information, you may contact at: 48 Winchester Road, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8JA Page 30 The Homeopathy Action Trust awarded £6,000 to this project.
10. About Dr. Kabita Mishra Page Dr. Kabita Mishra received around 5+ year’s post-qualification standing experiences in the following specialized areas with OPD and IPD managements at different reputed government and private homoeopathic treatment establishments, located in different parts of India: A. Clinical Research, B. Gynecology, C. Diabetes, D. Chronic Rhinitis, E. Locomotor Diseases, F. Chronic Cold & Cough, G. Urolithiasis etc 31 Dr. Kabita Mishra is a Homoeopathic Researcher and Physician. She graduateed in Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (B.H.M.S.) from the Dr. Abhin Chandra Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, INDIA in 2008. Now a day she is perusing Master in Business Management (Hospital Administration) from Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, INDIA. She was also a full time team member of International Sustainable Health & Systems Design Residency organized by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and USID in November-December 2011.
11. Vote of Thanks Page 32 Primary Information Source: http://www.homeopathyactiontrust.org
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