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16Mar/16
Photo of Seminar Attendees

Natural Medicines Training Seminar 2016

REAP conducted a Natural Medicines Training Seminar from March 6th-12th at the Mary Ward Centre in Karen.

The seminar was attended by participants from Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique, USA and Australia.

Natural Medicines Training Seminar Content

During this seminar we covered:

  • The major medicinal plants that we teach on and included many practicals.
  • Growing, preparing and the use of Natural Medicines.
  • A Biblical Perspective and discussions about how to communicate the message positively both within the church and the community.

More Training Seminars

We hope that we will be able to hold another seminar later in the year.

Please contact the REAP office in Nairobi or Kisumu if you are interested.

28Feb/16
Photo of Roger with some of the PRDA staff and Midwifery graduates in Kakuma camp

10 day trip to Turkana County, Northern Kenya

Roger has spent ten days in Turkana County in Northern Kenya doing an evaluation of the PRDA (Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency) Midwifery Training School.  The school has been training midwives in Leer, South Sudan for a number of years.

Photo of Elizabeth Nyadiet Kel on practical assignment in Kakuma IRC hospital

Elizabeth Nyadiet Kel on practical assignment in Kakuma IRC hospital

In 2014, following the outbreak of fighting, PRDA decided to relocate the school to northern Kenya as the original site was at the centre of the areas of conflict.  Roger had visited the school in 2012, so was asked to do a follow up evaluation this year. It is remarkable to hear the story of how the 20 students were all flown and re-located to Kenya to continue their studies.  The tutors have done a remarkable job of helping the students, who were traumatised by their experiences and still hearing news of the deaths of relatives and friends.  They have been helped through their studies in a wonderfully holistic way. After visiting the school in Lokichoggio and the students on practical assignment in Kakuma, Roger was very encouraged by the visit. The feedback from the hospitals where the students have been doing their practical assignments in particular shows how committed Christian tutors can make such a difference in terms of the quality of the students at the end of the course.  The 20 girls have been transformed during their 3 years of study from shy school girls to confident and capable midwives with a real calling to help save the lives of mothers and children through their acquired learning and skills.

Photo of Focus group discussion with some of the staff at the PRDA compound in Lokichoggio

Focus group discussion with some of the staff at the PRDA compound in Lokichoggio

Photo of Roger with some of the PRDA staff and Midwifery graduates in Kakuma camp

Roger with some of the PRDA staff and Midwifery graduates in Kakuma camp

05Feb/16
Photo of how to take cuttings of Artemisia

Encouraging News about Artemisia

Photo of how to take cuttings of Artemisia

Rev Ben Baraza showing one of his contact farmers how to take Artemisia cuttings from his plants

As we promote the growing and the use of Artemisia as an infusion for treating malaria, we can be more and more confident of it’s effectiveness. Recent clinical trials show that the tea is more effective than ACT drugs, and with no side effects. For those who are sceptical this is very good news. See link: http://www.malariaworld.org/blog/breaking-news-clinical-trials-artemisia-plants This comes together with the recognition of Youyou Tu by the Nobel committee for discovering the effectiveness of Artemisia with the award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/