Kenya Herbal Dawa & Supplements Talent Support Program -Kajiado County.
Target Countries: Kenya (Kajiado County). Gradually the project will be scaled up to other counties in Kenya and when appropriate to other neighbouring countries).
Task: Identify and bring together a reasonable number of herbal medicine experts who operate within Kajiado County, Discuss with them the general approach used in making the herbal medicine and the nature of their market so that we, as Talent Search Foundation together with our partners and a specialist can plan interventions to help them do better with their expertise. Background Information
Long before the arrival of modern science traditional herbal medicine existed and human beings had a way of curing most of their diseases. The arrival of modern medical science came with pros and cons with regard to the wellbeing of mankind. The pros are mainly centered on the ability of modern medicine experts, aided by advanced equipment, to diagnose and effectively identify the problem. This is an advantage not so much enjoyed by traditional herbal medicine experts. However when it comes to treating the disease, modern medical and pharmaceutical experts can only rely on “others”, usually the advanced industries to make and deliver the medicine. Their job is only to dispense. But traditional herbal medicine experts had, and still have the ability to know which plants/substances had the medicine and methods of extracting it. They know medicinal plants by name, they can go into the forests and collect such plants and extract the medicinal content albeit with rudimentary extraction techniques. In traditional Africa for instance, this was a talent/expertise possessed by very few but talented people. The Maasai community was particularly revered for their ability to extract powerful herbal medicines and those with such talents were called the “Laibons”. Supporting and growing this talent of people with the ability to understand medicinal plants and extract herbal medicine that has strong curative and preventive properties is as good as taking your child to university to study medicine/pharmacy. Let’s support and empower the ‘Laibons’ to use their talents to contribute to a healthier society.
Target Countries: Target Countries: Kenya (Kajiado County). Gradually the project will be scaled up to other counties in Kenya and when appropriate to other neighbouring countries).