The Total Health Center delivers holistic and preventative health solutions to isolated rural populations in Northwest Cameroon. Rural villagers face additional healthcare challenges, as local government clinics are plagued by power failures and water shortages, with only intermittent oversight by doctors. The core activities of the Health Center are providing health consultations; pharmacy services with treatments based on herbal medicines, other natural health products, dental hygiene products and eyeglasses; and yoga therapy, dietary and lifestyle counseling, and mobile health clinics. Complementing these activities are the health consultant trainings, self-treatment kiosks, certified consultant affiliates, and herbal medicine production.
To reach healthcare, the inhabitants of these villages must brave arduous trips over poorly kept roads where breakdowns are common and the nearest village may be miles away. The trip to a hospital is more than an ill patient can handle, greatly limiting treatment options. Our free health consultations give thousands of people access to care they otherwise could not afford. The 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 ask any questions they may have. After the consultation, patients receive a personalized treatment plan comprised of herbal medicine, homeopathy, yoga therapy, and behavioral and lifestyle counseling.
The Health Center pharmacy offers a range of products such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, medicinal oil and rubs, other natural health products, tooth brushes, 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.
Health Consultant Training
Our Health Center programs all start by having local health consultants, 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.
Certified Consultant Affiliates
In addition to Health Center-based consultation and pharmacy services, we have a strong network of Certified Consultant Affiliates who expand the reach of the Health Center even farther into the community. These individuals have taken part in our Health Consultant Training and have subsequently returned to their home villages to offer consultation and pharmacy services independently.
For those who are unable to come to the Health Center but are motivated to be proactive in treating and preventing illness, we have created Self-Treatment Kiosks which can be found in pharmacies, supermarkets, and other locations. The Kiosks are equipped with herbal medicines, select homeopathic remedies, medicinal oil and ointment, and tooth brushes, as well as a symptom-treatment guide which allows patients to determine what medicine they need.
Mobile Health Clinics
Mobile Health Clinics bring health solutions directly to patients. Each week the mobile team, which is made up of three members 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.
Herbal Medicine Production
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 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.