Although it is often not known or understood by many people, homeopathy is a wide ranging healing modality that has many significant advantages. It has a wide spectrum of applications from the most basic traumatic accident to complex issues of chronic illness and to widespread infectious diseases. It has proven to be potent and effective as it individualizes treatment with each patient, even in cases of epidemic and endemic diseases.
Homeopathy has been gaining popularity in developing countries mostly because the remedies used are inexpensive to make, maintain and distribute. As well, they are safe to take at any age and in any circumstance, even in combination with Western medical treatments. Health care leaders in developing countries have found that homeopathy logically situates itself as the most sustainable method of healthcare socially, economically, and ecologically, and for that reason it has become integrated into the medical systems of India, Cuba, Mexico and Brazil. Recognized by the WHO in resolution WHA 56.31 from 1978 and resolution 72.13 from 2009 as one of the four traditional and complementary health systems, homeopathy is seen to play an important role in the treatment of chronic disease and in the improvement of quality of life in people suffering of mild and serious diseases.
The Quebec based Terre Sans Frontières, which literally means ‘A world without Borders,’ is an organization of international development working towards the sustainable development of disadvantaged people in developing countries. The projects encompass humanitarian aid, community development, water and sanitation and education including gender equality. The professional groups include accountants, dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists and homeopaths, and the countries range from Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Haiti, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Honduras. The people are better able to secure their livelihoods and to end ongoing cycles of poverty due to the work of these ongoing projects being carried out in partnership with local organizations. This work is able to continue in part with funding from Global Affairs Canada formerly known as the Department of External Affairs and now the Governmental Department responsible for Foreign Relations, International Trade, Consular Services, International Development and Humanitarian Assistance.
The organization Homéopathes de Terre Sans Frontières, also known as HTSF, has been working for about 15 years in Honduras with the farmers in the mountainous regions around the capital city of Tegucigalpa. For many years, this work was carried out from one main dispensary in Valle de Angeles, until 2015 when several dispensaries around Honduras were created. As one of the professional organizations working under the TSF umbrella the purpose of HTSF is to develop access to effective, affordable and accessible health care in the form of homeopathy. HTSF uses a specifically developed set of remedies, as well as the usual singular remedies, that address basic health concerns. The methods used are possible to learn without formal medical training and they continue to improve people’s lives as they can prevent health issues from becoming more serious or progressing to ongoing chronic illnesses.
Teaching this unique method of homeopathic treatment to community leaders is part of HTSF’s mandate with the long term goal of having local populations becoming more autonomous with their health care needs. Since medical care is not widely available nor are there affordable medical solutions to many common health problems, Honduras was selected as one of the pilot project countries. The HTSF dispensaries are also devoted to researching effective homeopathic treatment of Chagas, an infectious disease which debilitates thousands of people every year.