The Total Health Program serves the population in a unique way, utilizing herbal medicine, natural health products, yoga therapy, lifestyle counseling, and widespread health education and awareness efforts. In 2013 alone, activities of the two parts of the program—Health Center and Health Education—reached over 80,000 people in Northwest Cameroon. These health services shore up critical gaps in the current health system, which is overburdened by the needs of the community and is unable to address the underlying factors responsible for illness and poor health.
Local Health Agents
Our Health Center program is led by our local health agents, who are trained in the community’s most prevalent health issues, including digestive tract ailments, joint pain and arthritis, cough and cold, fever, blood sugar problems, anxiety, and depression. Our training program covers the Total Health philosophy with a strong emphasis on hands-on experience in basic public health education and dispensary services.
In addition to Health Center–based consultation and pharmacy services, we have a strong network of Certified Consultant Affiliates (local health agents) who expand the reach of the Health Center even further into the community. These individuals take part in our Health Consultant training and subsequently return to their home villages to independently offer consultation and pharmacy services.
Our free health consultations give thousands of people access to care they otherwise could not afford. The Total Health Center has regular walk-in hours during which people can request a private consultation to discuss their health history and current illnesses and complaints, as well as to ask any questions they may have.
Mobile Health Clinics
Mobile Health Clinics bring health solutions directly to patients. Each week the mobile team, which is made up of three members, including a trained Total Health consultant, a Total Health pharmacist, and a public relations specialist, drive to a different community with a vehicle full of medicinal products. A temporary Total Health Center is set up alongside the vehicle, complete with a private consultation room and benches for waiting patients.
The back of the vehicle becomes the pharmacy where patients go to fill their prescriptions. Through loudspeakers, the public relations specialist announces the arrival of the Total Health Center to people in the marketplace. Each time the Total Health Center mobile unit visits a community, 100–200 free consultations are given. The mobile unit returns to each community every few months on a regular rotation, in order to best serve its clients.
After the consultation, patients receive a personalized treatment plan comprised of herbal medicine, homeopathy, yoga therapy, and behavioral and lifestyle counseling. Our pharmacy offers a range of products, such as herbal medicine, homeopathic remedies, medicinal oil and rubs, other natural health products, dental hygiene products, and reading glasses. Our Total Health products are safe, effective, and extremely affordable, offering patients an excellent alternative to pharmaceutical drugs and other health products on the market.
The Total Health Center’s herbal products are produced in Cameroon and use herbs grown locally. This local manufacturing style is the first in the country and combines age-old treatments and modern production methods. By growing medicinal herbs in the communities that need them, the Total Health Center provides affordable health options, without being dependent on long-distance supply chains, and creates income for the growers.
The Total Health Center also has a demonstration plot on its main campus for research and development and for teaching various modern and sustainable farming techniques. During regular seminars, local farmers are instructed in composting, micro-rainwater harvesting, crop diversification, organic pesticides, and intercropping. The farm also serves as a nursery for biofuel and medicinal crops. Located in the administrative center of Kumbo, this demonstration site is easily accessible to thousands of farmers.
GPS Health Tracker
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