The MOU was signed at the APROHEN (Association of Professional Herbalists and Nutritionists) main offices in Fort Portal, Kabarole district. Alex Erejo representing the Executive Director of THETA Uganda and Apollo Lamara, the Executive Director of APROHEN signed the MOU in the presence of the Executive Committee Treasurer, Ronald as a witness.
The signing of the MOU saw two representatives each from the seven districts of the Rwenzori region. The MOU is meant To strengthen mobilisation and organisational structures for THPs and to strengthen needs based training and technical assistance for traditional medicine developemntin Rwenzori region
Expectations after signing the MOU
Mobilizing and Organizing THPs to form District and Regional Associations
Providing need based trainings and technical assistance to organized groups of THPs
Promoting culture of savings and cooperative investments among THPS
Documenting and disseminating knowledge and lessons learnt
BUSOGA KINGDOM AND THETA SIGN MOU FOR COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINES AND MEDICINAL PLANTS
Busoga kingdom represented by Owekitibwa Dr. Andrew Balyeku, Minister of Health for the Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding with THETA represented by their board member Eng. Anke Weisheit for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines and medicinal plants. The event happened on Thursday 13th April at the Busoga kingdom headquarters in Bugembe, Jinja District.
The purpose of the MOU is to encourage co-operation and resource sharing between the Busoga Kingdom (representing the traditional medicine practitioners in Busoga) and THETA. The goal of the MOU is to use our strength and expertise to deliver quality health care services and enhance the health of the people in Busoga. The MOU establishes joint goals and objectives for on-going collaboration between the Busoga kingdom and THETA in support of their respective missions and to improve access and quality of traditional medicine(TM) and practices available to people in Busoga and beyond.
The TM considers those treatments that are medication based using herbal medicines, animal parts, minerals, or homeopathic remedies. Herbal medicines include herbal materials, herbal preparations, and finished herbal products that contain therapeutically active ingredients that are plant based.
Both parties recognize that Busoga is blessed with abundant yet un-researched traditional medicine including medical plants, which hold tremendous potential in the national and health arena, and that traditional medicine is an important element of life of people in Busoga.
Both parties agree to:
1)Promote the safety, quality, integrity and rational use of traditional medicines and plants. 2)Protect indigenous medicinal plants and increase sustainable use of indigenous medicinal plant resources. 3)Promote acceptance of traditional medicines in the health care system, including standardization, quality assurance and promotion of large-scale production. 4)Promote and protect indigenous knowledge and intellectual property.
HORIZONT3000 PROVIDES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THETA UGANDA
THETA Uganda sought technical assistance from HORIZONT3000 on capacity development to establish a plan on how to handle product development. The assistance was requested for to guide the team in Traditional Medicine Development department in constructing a business plan in production and selling of Herbal Medicine products
Two reasons convinced THETA Uganda to initiate that process; firstly, to increase the level of health and wellbeing of people by making safe, effective herbal health products available at a fair price. Also, there is a potential to create a surplus which again could be invested in financing other activities.
HorizonT3000 represented by Ms. Britta Wulfekmmer conducted the training at THETA Uganda for 2 weeks that ended on Friday 19th May, 2017.
The main objective for the technical assistance by Horizont3000 was to create a business strategy for initiation of herbal products development and value addition programme.
The technical assistance was conducted in form of a workshop inform of discussions, research and idea sharing
In the period of 2 weeks, the team came up with the following for the business plan.
A the business plan was filled with ideas of what the herbal product should be, short and long term goals, the price, the marketing and distribution channels, human resource, operations, capacity, timeline of the business, roll out and pilot of the business plan, competitors and SWOT analysis. An agreed timeline on the production of the healthy herbal product was released and the following are to be done;
Completion of the ongoing research on the missing specifics of the business plan
Production of the agreed product starting in July 2017 for a pilot phase
THETA UGANDA HOSTS TWO UNIVERSITIES ON TOUR IN AFRICAN TRADITION MEDICINE
As part of its continued Professional development, THETA hosted two universities on study tour in traditional medicine. These included the Department of Pharmacology, Gulu University and students of Nursing and Social Sciences from Boston, USA
The main objective of the visits was to explore the developments in African traditional medicine and practice and also seek for opportunities for future collaboration in promoting Traditional Medicine among the youth in school. It was recommended by the institutions that THETA starts a training program to give opportunity to students to learn about traditional medicine, how to best utilize the knowledge obtained for effective collaboration with pharmacists and also develop a short internship course for students to be able to integrate the biomedical and traditional medicines.
THETA UGANDA PAYS PARTNERSHIP VISIT TO AFRICAN RURAL UNIVERSITY
Following a partnership visit initiated by African Rural University launched in 2006, THETA team made a follow up visit to the University and met University officials led by the University Secretary Jacqueline Akello and Founder Prof. Musheshe at the main campus in Kagadi Town, Kibaale District.
The team was first taken through a guided tour of the University with its Projects including; the Agro- eco farm, Community radio, Cultural center and medicinal gardens among others. A meeting that focused on establishment of an affiliation center of ARU at THETA and as well as exploring other opportunities for partnerships and collaborations was held.