Field study and testing of viable herbal remedies

Status: Needs urgent help


Contracts in Epidemiology

Planning for health services and facilities in an underdeveloped country like Kenya is frequently made difficult by paucity of information concerning health and disease in many parts of the country, particularly when information as to social and cultural developments and disease prevalence is almost completely lacking. There is great and urgent need to begin to develop ingenious strategies and methods of sampling village populations in the more remote regions of the country, which represent different ecological systems.

The studies would be carried out by an unusually multidisciplinary group of scientists and technologists from different institutions and parts of the world; working closely with the communities, the Ministry of health and relevant NGOs. The major disciplines represented would be epidemiology, public health nursing and laboratory science. THIN is in a better position to be a lead organization.

Working together as a team, we will develop methods of study that provide remarkably complete picture of village life, as well as living conditions and of the prevalence of disease, particularly infectious diseases and nutritional disorders.

In order to carry out the studies, major logistical, technical and financial mobilization have to be addressed. The study plans and the logistics of carrying out extensive clinical observations and laboratory studies require Partnerships and Networking- as well as a great deal of imagination, perseverance, and understanding of the conditions under which we would have to work, and extensively pretesting.

Solving many of these problems has in itself added materials to our knowledge of survey techniques, under survey conditions. The results of the studies are of great epidemiological interest, and are of practical value to the Ministry of health, the Region and the World at large. The studies also represent an example of fruitful collaboration between the visiting scientists, scientists working in Kenya, health Practitioners, Researchers, Development Agencies, Pharmaceutical manufacturers in various parts of the world.

Another important development from the studies will be in understanding the improved methods of data collection and processing appropriate for future studies in developed countries. Experience gained from the studies will contribute greatly to further studies of this type in other parts of Africa and the World. The Board of Directors of THIN asks the international scientific and donor community public and private organizations to step a head to support this novel initiative.

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I have gone through the project overview with keen interest and it is my honest submission that its a very noble initiative. Am very much interested and willing to offer my services as a volunteer during the period of this project. I hold a bachelors degree in Zoology ,Biochemistry and Chemistry. I have been involved in malaria research at the K.EM.R.I malaria lab. Any consideration to be part of this initiative will be highly appreciated. I can be contacted through this site or on my cell 0735310428.
Nothing motivates me than coming up with solutions for problems facing the common man. Improving peoples capacity is what drives and informs my zeal.


Hi Silas,
Have you had any experience in herbal medicines for the treatment or prevention of Bilhazia?
I ask because the disease is common in my home area.40% of school going children are infected but suprisingly many are quite resistant to this sickness.

Your comments.
My name is Yobe and Banker by proffession.
Interest in microbiology.

Thanks and goodday.

Nahashon Sadat

Dear Silas Rabah,
Very many thanks for your message. It is encouraging.It is a massive task to rebuild sustainable livelihoods in the country haunted by infections and infestations, environmental degradation and pollution, biodiversity and seed systems eroded among others. Shortage of seed and poverty can cause wide starvation. International donors have been supporting these efforts, but rural and community development requires a substantial increase in support and assistance. This is because Health is not just herbal medicines. It is interlinked with several other sectors of the economy, such as pesticides, fertilizers, human resource development and infrastructure, policy, farmers’ cooperatives, property rights and others. Although THINS mandate is research and training, rebuilding goes beyond this to development.

Researchers and research administration is being done by Traditional Healthcare Integration Network (THIN) organization.
The prime mandate of THIN is to refine traditional and cultural medical practices as well as health promoting infrastructures to make sense out of folk medicines, beliefs and therapies, leading to the generation of low cost and viable health management technologies relevant to the locale-specific socio-economic situations which will improve the health of the rural resource-poor communities and help to increase food production.

Social scientists are working in collaboration with biological and other scientists and the communities to ensure the development of culturally acceptable and cost effective health management strategies. This is to ensure that the adoption of technological innovations is facilitated by taking into account the needs and constraints of the end-users at the technological design stage.

However we shall contact you soon to arrange for a meeting and connect


Nahashon Sadat

Hi Yobe Mphande,
Our organization, THIN organization has over the years collected, and is still collecting medicinal plants as well as ecological information on more than 5,000 different plant species used by various local communities in different situations. We have gone ahead to test more than 2,300 of the collected plant species against different human and animal health conditions. – at our herbal health research clinic in Nairobi and by the communities themselves. The results are very encouraging.Results in our database proves that many complications from simple Bilharzia to complex Arthritis, Asthma,Diabetes and malaria can be prevented and cured by some selected harbal remedies.The fundamental and social research at THIN organization is opening new avenues and increasing the efficiency of low – cost effective, integrated health management strategies useful to the resource-poor rural and semi-urban communities, will be at hand. To-day we live in a world where we can successfully control many of the human and animal pathogens with anti biotic. However, it is not difficult to document that the need for new antibiotics still exists. For example systemic infections caused by filamentous microorganisms-especially in patients with impaired or compromised host-defense mechanisms- are becoming increasingly serious worldwide. Yet the tropical plant species with an in build defense mechanisms which are renewable are as yet unexploited as sources of antimicrobial and other pharmacological agents. Nature is the greatest chemist. We just hope to use our sophisticated biological and chemical technologies (biotechnologies) to learn how nature does its work


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Dr.Andrew Chapya
Your work is not only very impressive but also very a female student in her third year pursuing a degree in botany and biochemistry.With a hands on attitude,i hope i would be of some help in the studies THIN is conducting.