Societal symptoms natural medicine
Clinics in Nakpayili and across Ghana are under strain. Waiting times are long, and costs are high. Most face a long journey along hot and dangerous roads if they want to see a nurse or doctor, taking them away from work or school.
Our team in Ghana run a local community-led initiative to provide affordable and effective natural medicines. We teach families what to grow and how to prepare natural remedies for everyday ailments like diarrhoea, colds and stomach aches.
CHIPS treatments focus on personal care and pastoral attention that is beyond the hospital’s capacity. In being with people throughout illness and recovery, particularly in prayer and reflection, real trust has been able to develop.
Our team also use these conversations to emphasise the benefits of sleeping under mosquito nets, and providing nets to families in need of them. These conversations lead to involvement in other CHIPS projects.
For Matunble, this is exactly what she needed from CHIPS: “Growing natural medicines introduced me to new projects. I was able to join a micro-loan scheme that is paying for my son’s education, which has helped my family a lot.”
As neighbours move around communities distributing natural medicines, connections are made and friendships built with families from both sides. Offering care in times of sickness creates deep and lasting connections based on trust that will open new windows for collaboration.
This project is addressing the very core symptoms of poverty. People are staying healthier, and recovering quicker. Selling medicines is income that benefits the family, making communities more self-sufficient in treating sickness, whilst spending less time on long journeys to hospitals and clinics.