Andrew J. Young Foundation – VISIONS 2017

2016 International AIDS Day

PROMETRA International Continues the Fight Against HIV

PROMETRA International continues its decades long fight to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS that continues to devastate our continent. We continue our research into the safety and effectiveness of African traditional herbal products with our academic partner, Morehouse School of Medicine (USA).  Our traditional healers are being trained as Information, Education and Communication (IEC) agents throughout Africa through our scientifically based, culturally competent, linguistically appropriate FAPEG curriculum. http://FAPEG     PROMETRA International has trained over 18,000 traditional healers in the past decade utilizing this educational system designed for non readers and taught in local African languages.  We realize that this HIV epidemic cannot be addressed without the full involvement of traditional healers, frontline workers and community based leaders.

A summary of PROMETRA International’s efforts across the HIV AIDS spectrum is outlined in the following chart:

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PROMETRA International Welcomes Andrew J Young Foundation and Morehouse School of Medicine to Senegal

Andrew Young Foundation (AYF) Visit PROMETRA International

Day #3 of the Andrew J Young Foundation’s Visit to PROMETRA International

The Andrew J Young Foundation video team visited Gorée Island to film within The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves) and its Door of No Return today.  This museum  is a memorial  to theAtlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal.  The delegation participated in meetings with PROMETRA International, NGOs, policy makers and Ministry officials where HIV and Ebola scientific research findings were presented. 

Sylvia Ashley, The Andrew Young Foundation presented a signed portrait of Ambassador Young to PROMETRA International which will hang in its international headquarters.  Ambassador Young serves as a member of the board of Directors of PROMETRA International.  Dr. Anita Jackson presented another portrait gift adding to the PROMETRA collection.  Dr. Kofi Kondwani presented on behalf of Morehouse School of Medicine.

Day #2 of the Andrew J Young Foundation’s Visit to PROMETRA International

The delegation continues its journey to complete a video-documentary on Senegal and the HIV and Ebola research conducted by PROMETRA International and Morehouse School of Medicine. This documentary will be shown within the series, Andrew Young Presents in all US television markets and in over 100 countries in early 2017. http://andrewyoungpresents.blogspot.com/ http://www.gpb.org/andrew-young-presents

PROMETRA International is a global leader in African traditional medicine research, projects, and services. It has been working with the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia USA conducting in-vitro viral research. Patients living with HIV and treated with PROMETRA’s herbal medicines at the Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine (CEMETRA) met with members of the delegation to share their stories and years of good health following treatment. The Andrew J Young Foundation is a supporter of both PROMETRA and Morehouse School of Medicine.

The Andrew J Young Foundation & Morehouse School of Medicine visit PROMETRA - METRAF

The Andrew J Young Foundation & Morehouse School of Medicine visit PROMETRA – METRAF

Day #1 of the Andrew J Young Foundation’s Visit to PROMETRA International

The Andrew J Young Foundation landed in Senegal early Sunday morning  on November 27th and drove straight to the Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine (CEMETRA) in Fatick. There they were greeted by PROMETRA International, the traditional healers of the Malongo Healers Association,  n’depkatts of Rufisque & Yoff, government officials, local leaders and patients living with HIV.

Today is the first day of a four-day visit to Senegal where the AYF will complete a video-documentary that documents the groundbreaking research conducted by PROMETRA International and the Morehouse School of Medicine.  The film will be a 2017 featured film of Andrew Young Presents, shown in over 100 countries worldwide. Delegation members include Dr. Anita Jackson (USA), Mr. Martin Rodriquez (Benin – USA), Dr. Kofi Kondwani, Morehouse School of Medicine (USA), Kathy White, CEO of AYF, Sylvia Ashley, AYF Global Program Director,  CB Hackworth, AYF Producer,  Mrs. Betty Gikonyo (Kenya) and Theresa McGhee, PROMETRA USA .

The delegation is being hosted by the Republic of Senegal, Office of the President. Ambassador Andrew Young met with His Excellency President Macky Sall earlier in the month in Washington DC to discuss this trip and other partnership opportunities.

Female patients of the Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine share their experiences

Female patients of the Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine share their experiences

For more information visit www.andrewjyoungfoundation.org

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VISITE DE TRAVAIL DE l’ASSOCIATION DES ECRIVAINS AFRICAINS A PROMETRA INTERNATIONAL

VISITE DE TRAVAIL DE l’ASSOCIATION DES ECRIVAINS AFRICAINS A PROMETRA INTERNATIONAL

 

Le 11 Novembre 2016 à 16H30, une forte délégation de l’Association des Écrivains Africains s’est rendue au siège de PROMETRA International.

Cette visite entre dans le cadre du partenariat établi avec leurs homologues de l’Association des Écrivains Sénégalais suite à leur visite en Septembre 2016.

Une visite de la structure du siège a été faite par le Président de PROMETRA International, avec notamment la Radio METRAF, le bureau de la Communication Annette Mbaye D’Erneuville, les bureaux administratifs entre autre.

Suite à la visite, l’Association des Écrivains Africains a visité une exposition sur les réalisations de PROMETRA, ses études, ses résultats de recherches et une large part des discussions ont tourné autour des symboles culturels et cultuels que nos hôtes voulaient comprendre malgré le temps assez limité.

Les discussions se sont poursuivies dans la salle de conférence de PROMETRA, où les travaux ont débuté par le rituel du cercle d’Union suivi de l’hymne.

Dr Erick GBODOSSOU, Président de PROMETRA International a fait une présentation de l’Organisation, en revenant sur sa vocation de préservation et de revalorisation de la culture et des valeurs de civilisation africaines.

L’Association des Écrivains Africains se doivent d’être le porte flambeau du message aux jeunes générations, mais aussi aux politiques et autres partenaires, vu l’attention dont ils bénéficient de la part des décideurs.

Les écrivains ont pris la parole tour à tour pour magnifier le travail unique réalisé par PROMETRA International et ont réaffirmé leur engagement à être les portes drapeaux du combat pour la renaissance des valeurs civilisationnelles de l’Afrique.

Les discussions ont porté pour l’essentiel sur les interrogations des écrivains relatives à :

o   la médecine traditionnelle,

o   l’usage courant de certaines plantes médicinales,

o   l’importance de la nutrition dans la santé,

o   Les recettes traditionnelles de plusieurs maladies.

Le Président de PROMETRA International a exprimé toute sa satisfaction d’avoir à nos cotés une association internationale aussi crédible et aussi influente. african-writers-association collageafrican-writers-association-group

 

 

M. Fakoly Doumbia, écrivain du Mali a invité le Dr Erick GBODOSSOU à une rencontre sur l’unité spirituelle africaine et la diversité culturelle, prévue du 09 au 11 Décembre 2016. A ce titre, une note d’information sur l’évènement sera envoyée au Président de PROMETRA

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VISIT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN WRITERS TO PROMETRA INTERNATIONAL

 On November 11, 2016 at 4.30 pm, a large delegation of the Association of African Writers visited the headquarters of PROMETRA International.  This visit is part of the partnership established with their counterparts of the Senegalese Writers’ Association, following their earlier visit to PROMETRA in September 2016.

A tour of the headquarters was led by Dr. Erick Gbodossou, President of PROMETRA International, including Radio METRAF FM, the Annette Mbaye D’Erneuville Communication Office, administrative offices, conference center and other structures.

The Association of African Writers visited an exhibition on the achievements of PROMETRA, its studies, its research results and a large part of the discussions revolved around the culture and cultual symbols that the participants from multiple countries wanted to understand.

Discussions continued in the PROMETRA conference room, where the meeting began with Ritual of the Circle of Union  followed by the PROMETRA hymn. Dr .Erick GBODOSSOU, President of PROMETRA International, made a presentation of the Organization, highlighting  its mission to preserve and protect the culture and values of African civilization. The Association of African Writers must be the torch bearer of the message to younger generations, but also to politicians and other partners, given the attention they receive from decision-makers.

The writers spoke to magnify the unique work realized by PROMETRA International and reaffirmed their commitment to be the flag bearers of the fight for the rebirth of African civilizational values.

Discussions focused mainly on writers’ questions about:

o   traditional medicine,

o   the common use of certain medicinal plants,

o   the importance of nutrition in health,

o   Traditional therapies for several diseases.

The President of PROMETRA International expressed his satisfaction at having on our side a credible and influential international association.

Mr Fakoly Doumbia, a Mali writer, invited Dr Erick GBODOSSOU to a meeting on African spiritual unity and cultural diversity, scheduled from 09 to 11 December 2016.

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Andrew J Young Foundation Will Visit Senegal and PROMETRA International November 26 – 30, 2016

Andrew J  Young Foundation Will Visit Senegal and PROMETRA International                            

November 26-30, 2016

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PROMETRA International will host the Andrew J Young Foundation delegation for a visit to Senegal later this month.  Ambassador Andrew J Young and Executive Director Kathy White met with Senegalese President, HE Macky Sall in Washington, DC on November 12th to discuss the details of the upcoming trip to Senegal.  The main purpose of the trip is to complete a video-documentary on Senegal, the partnership research between PROMETRA International and Morehouse School of Medicine and African traditional medicine.   The AYF team will visit Gorée Island, the Pink Lake, Center for Experimental Traditional Medicine (CEMETRA) in Fatick and hold meetings at PROMETRA International headquarters.

A major celebration will be held on Sunday, November 27th  at CEMTRA to welcome the delegation and will involve traditional healers, saltigues, ndepkatts, government officials, patients and community members.  The Andrew J Young Foundation will discuss aquaponics, public health  and income generating projects with the PROMETRA International team led by Dr. Erick Gbodossou.   The delegation will include physicians, global development experts, public health professors, and business persons.   Ambassador Young visited CEMETRA in Fatick over eight years ago to meet many of the persons living with HIV that were begin treated by PROMETRA International with traditional African medicines.  Many of these patients are alive and well and will have the opportunity to meet with Ambassador Young and the team from Morehouse School of Medicine again.

Ambassador Andrew Young is a member of the PROMETRA International Board of Directors and has spent his life working to improve the health and wellbeing of Africa.  We welcome him and his delegation to Senegal, the headquarters of PROMETRA International. 

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PROMETRA International USA Visit to Discuss HIV/AIDS Research and Aquaponics Systems

PROMETRA International USA Visit

Dr. Erick Gbodossou, President of PROMETRA International visited the Andrew J Young Foundation and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA USA. Visiting various aquaponics systems, PROMETRA International pledged to support the Andrew J Young Foundation and HATponics to reach their goal of “feeding 20 million people by 2020” through the use of aquaponics systems to grow vegetables/fruits and raise fish throughout Africa to fight the epidemic of malnutrition.

PROMETRA International maintains an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the Andrew J Young Foundation.   PROMETRA International continues to partner with MSM in conducting in-vitro research in the area of HIV/AIDS and Ebola.  President Valerie Montgomery Rice welcomed PROMETRA to campus. Morehouse School of Medicine is developing a Natural Products Research Center to continue its work with PROMETRA International.

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Ambassador Andrew Young meets with              PROMETRA & MSM

 

 

PROMETRA International participates in WIPO Conference – Marrakech, Morocco

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PROMETRA International participates in WIPO Conference – Marrakech, Morocco

PROMETRA International was invited to participate in the Workshop on Practical Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions was organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and ABS Initiative (Access and Benefit-Sharing), 05 to 08 September 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco, in collaboration with Deputy Ministry of Environment of Morocco and Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC).

PROMETRA International, represented by Mamadou Diaw, was invited as a member of Indigenous Communities of Local Group (CAL).   Dr. Erick Gbodossou, PROMETRA President, serves as an expert consultant to WIPO, and has authored  a how to manual on intellectual property rights protection for NGOs, entitled, Practical Guide to Intellectual Property Rights.

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The workshop participants came from  six countries: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal and Morocco. Participants include government officials of Intellectual Property Office, the Ministry of Environment as well as two members of indigenous peoples and local communities from each participating country.

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PROMETRA International’s Cambridge University Presentation

PROMETRA International presents the history of the organization and its work throughout the past three decades of protecting and promoting African traditional medicine throughout the globe.  Its presentation, The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine in Africa, was well received.  The summary of the presentation is attached.

Africa Medicine Matters presenters at Cambridge University

Africa Medicine Matters                               presenters at Cambridge University

SCOLMA is the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa which holds an annual conference relating to Africa and the diaspora. They publish a journal, run a directory of African studies libraries, organize conferences and seminars, and network with other librarians, archivists and researchers, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the US.

Kofi Kondwani, PhD PROMETRA USA board member and Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, USA

Kofi Kondwani, PhD, PROMETRA USA board member and Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, USA discusses the PROMETRA International experience.

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Celebrate African Traditional Medicine Day – August 31st

Celebrate African Traditional Medicine Day – August 31st

In July 2003 the African Heads of State and Government endorsed a plan of action for the first Decade of African Traditional Medicine. The World Health Organization Africa Region (WHO AFRO) officially designated August 31st of each year as African Traditional Medicine Day. PROMETRA International and its network of 28 global chapters celebrates African Traditional Medicine Day and calls upon the world to recognize, respect, conduct research and partner with our systems of African traditional medicine and traditional knowledge. PROMETRA chapters throughout Africa host individual meetings, conferences, ceremonies and public events to honor our system of African Traditional Medicine  Dr. Erick Gbodossou, President of PROMETRA International shares PROMETRA International’s annual presentation with our network and partners.

2016 African Traditional Medicine Day – French

2016 African Traditional Medicine Day – English

We share a photo of our African Traditional Medicine logo and its meaning.      A description of this logo:  African Traditional Medicine Logo

  • The map of Africa denotes African ownership of African Traditional Medicine.
  • The medicinal plant, rose-colored pure flower represents the main raw materials used in traditional medicine.
  • The green background of the map of Africa denotes the rich African biodiversity.
  • The blue colour surrounding most of the African continent represents the bodies of water, which surround most of Africa, and are additional sources of some traditional medicines.

– The golden ring which houses all the other elements is a reflection of the golden competitive advantages that African Traditional Medicine offers with potential impact on the health, economy and development of African communities
WHO AFRO Traditional Medicine Web Post http://www.afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/hss/essential-medicines/african-traditional-medicine-day.html

 

PROMETRA presents at SCOLMA African Medicine Matters – Cambridge University

UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa

       UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa

PROMETRA presents at SCOLMA African Medicine Matters

  Cambridge University, England

PROMETRA International has been selected to make a presentation entitled, The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine in Africa, at the upcoming SCOLMA  2016 Annual Conference.  The conference is entitled, African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare. The conference will be held on September 6, 2016 at Cambridge University, England.

Presentation Abstract: 

PROMETRA has spent the past three decades working with practitioners of traditional medicine, policy makers, academics and NGOs to assure that the indigenous knowledge of African traditional medicine is documented, validated, protected and appropriately shared.  PROMETRA International and its 19 national African chapters work to preserve African traditional medicine through the use of scientific research for validation of traditional medicines; advocacy and policy for legal regulation of traditional medicine practice and intellectual property protection of indigenous knowledge; and education to build bridges between western and traditional medicine systems.  This long and difficult journey has been met with the lack of understanding, disrespect and distrust of African traditional medicine and traditional knowledge systems by many sectors.  PROMETRA International with support of UNDP conducted a review of the legal status of traditional medicine throughout the continent of Africa and presents model legislation for its incorporation into the national health care systems.   Scientific research efforts supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, European Commission and others allowed PROMETRA scientists to demonstrate safety and efficacy of African traditional medical products for HIV, Ebola, diabetes and dermatosis.  Through its educational curriculum, FAPEG, PROMETRA International has trained more than 18,000 practitioners of traditional medicine with its scientifically based, culturally and linguistically competent curriculum in  the areas of MCH, nutrition, natural family planning, oral rehydration of infants, HIV/AIDS, immunization and public health sanitation.   Constructing traditional medicine huts next to public health dispensaries allowed the documentation of referral patterns between traditional healers and public health providers in Senegal, and more importantly expanded bridges of mutual respect for both health systems.  Documenting the knowledge and recording the “voices of the keepers of this knowledge” for future generations is a critical component of its work which is a unique legacy to future generations and an addition of vital information to the academy realm.

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