August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Lamote Lasha works on the harvested barley


By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

In 1990, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 1993 the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (A/RES/45/164 A/RES/47/75). Later, the General Assembly established two International Decades of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: the first 1995 – 2004 (resolution 48/163), and the second 2005 – 2014 (resolution 59/174), with the goal of strengthening international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas such as human rights, the environment, development, education, health, economic and social development.

As requested in the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a UN System-Wide Action Plan on the rights of indigenous peoples was developed by the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues in 2015, in consultations with indigenous peoples, UN Members States, UN agencies and other stakeholders. It aims to ensure a coherent approach to achieving the ends of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including through improved support to Member States and indigenous peoples.

Previous observances

PROMETRA International Celebrates Africa Day 2019

All of the national chapters of the PROMETRA International network celebrate 2019 Africa Day. Africa Day is an annual celebration of African unity and marks the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) in 1963. For many people across Africa and around the world, it is a time to remember the struggles against colonialism and apartheid and look to the future. After centuries of domination, oppression, enslavement and slave exploitation, Africa woke up and became aware of its strength and the underlying force behind that strength: its dignity in unity. Africa is a continent of people, cultures, riches, strengths and wisdom. PROMETRA International works to protect and preserve the ancient traditional knowledge and medicine of our African continent.

PROMETRA USA hosts Fulbright Scholars

PROMETRA USA hosts Fulbright Scholars

PROMETRA USA in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine and the Georgia Council for International Visitors welcomed 2019 Fulbright Scholars to Atlanta, GA  USA for a partnership dinner.  PROMETRA USA board members Michele Ozumba and Kofi Kondwani represented the  organization. Fulbright scholars from nine countries enjoyed an evening of discussion, networking and fellowship.  Scholars are pursuing advanced education in multiple areas:

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Georgia Council for International Visitors

Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1962. The GCIV mission is to build relationships between the people of our state and leaders around the world. Its vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be more globally engaged. GVIC works with the U.S. Department of State to develop a broad spectrum of professional and cultural exchange programs for emerging global leaders. Our non-partisan citizen diplomacy programs provide Georgians with unique opportunities to share best practices, insights, and friendship with distinguished visitors to the United States. GCIV administers the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Georgia.  In 2001 the GCIV  national network was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to foster international understanding.

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Ga., was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution. MSM is among the nation’s  (USA) leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy. MSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Council on Education for Public Health, Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mission of Morehouse School of Medicine

We exist to:

  • Improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities
  • Increase the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce
  • Address primary health care through programs in education, research, and service 
  • With emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia, the nation, and the world.

PROMETRA International HIV Research Featured in International Conference

PROMETRA International is an MOU partner with Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA USA) and the Andrew J Young Foundation to promote and protect traditional medicine through research and education.  Dr. Erick Gbodossou, PROMETRA International President will join Ambassador Andrew Young and researchers from Morehouse School of Medicine to discuss ongoing HIV research utilizing the traditional knowledge and herbal products of African traditional healers in an upcoming international conference the week of World AIDS Day 2018.

Morehouse School of Medicine Website


The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) recently launched a new Office of Global Health Equity (OGHE). On Wednesday, November 28th, MSM’s OGHE will host its first-ever global health equity symposium, to foster critical connections for advancing action towards global health equity and impact. The symposium theme is “Global Health Equity: Envisioning the Future.” This 1-day, interdisciplinary meeting will bring together a diverse mix of international and domestic global health and development experts, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates.

The conference will feature a viewing of the PROMETRA AYF documentary, Strong Medicine: The Secret Power of African Healing, in the Complementary and Integrative, Approached to Global Health and Wellness session.  A discussion of the ongoing scientific laboratory and clinical research will follow.

It is in the spirit of collaboration and partnership that we are soliciting the participation of key members of the broader global health and development community to join us in imagining a way forward in the pursuit of global health equity. The symposium will take place at the Morehouse School of Medicine main campus – Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care, 720 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, immediately followed by an evening reception.  Free registration and all are welcomed.

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PROMETRA at the 22nd International AIDS Conference

22ND International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)

PROMETRA International participates in “Building Bridges: Uniting the Strength of Indigenous Peoples”. 7th International indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS.  The pre-conference was hosted by the International indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS and directly precedes the 22nd  International AIDS Conference in  Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

PROMETRA International is  represented by Dr. Yahaya Sekagya, President of PROMETRA Uganda  and PhD candidate of PHARMBIOTRAC-MUST.  The pre-conference keynote speakers included Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS; Marian Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII); Dr. Thomas Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health , Frist Nations and Inuit Health Branch.   Other presenters included representatives from WHO, PAHO and Stop TB Partnership.

The indigenous conversation and work will move into the 22nd International AIDS Conference, “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”. The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world.  PROMETRA International and its partner, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS work to preserve and protect the rights of indigenous populations and assure that their voices are head in the global AIDS conversation.


Dr. Sekagya and Dr. Thomas Wong, CMO Public Health , First Nations

Dr. Sekagya and Marian Wallet Aboubakrine, Chairperson UNPFII

Giovanni Ravasi (Pan American Health Organization), Dr. Clive Aspin, Sekagya Yahaya, Andy Seale (WHO) and Marama Mullen (IIWGHA- Co-Chair)

For more information on PROMETRA’s work in HIV AIDS click here

For more information on the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and HIV click hear

While At the Conference

AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam -PROMETRA International Presence in Global Village

The Minister of Health of Canada, Ginette Petitpas Taylor 3rd from Left at the PROMETRA, IIWGHA
Joint Booth

PROMETRA Uganda Participates in OIC 1st International Congress on Integration of Traditional & Complementary Medicine

PROMETRA Uganda President, Dr. Sekagya Yahaya Hills, participated in the OCI – Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Workshop and 1st International Congress on Integration of Traditional and Complementary Medicine into Health Systems and Health Services which was held in Istanbul, Turkey April 18-22, 2018.

The meeting concluded with a set of recommendations addressing this important issue of the two systems working together.  A major recommendation, “ urged Member States to actively support strengthening the traditional and complementary medicine practices and their integration into the health systems and health services of the OIC Member States, and participate in the enactment process for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of traditional and complementary medicine, taking into consideration individual countries’ priorities.”

The congress was officiated by Honorary Chairman of the Congress, Dear Emine ERDOGAN, First Lady of the Republic of Turkey. The congress hosted 5,362 participants, including scientists and professionals from 39 countries of which 199 were international participants.

See attached Technical Report for full set of recommendations.  Report on OIC Workshop and 1st International Congress on Integration of Traditional Medicine into Health System, Istanbul- Turkey. April 2018 – 2

Planning a Visit to Senegal? Stay with PROMETRA International at its METRAF Auberge.

Planning a Visit to Senegal?  Stay with PROMETRA International at its METRAF Auberge.

PROMETRA International is pleased to announce the opening of its new METRAF Auberge (bed and breakfast hotel) in Dakar, Senegal.  Welcoming guests from around the world, the METRAF Auberge has hotel rooms, conference meeting space and a restaurant available within the private compound.  The METRAF Auberge is located in a Dakar suburb, close to the famous Pink Lake.

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President of Mauritius Supports African Traditional Plant Resources Knowledge


Her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim,  in Nature Vol. 548, outlines the importance and value of African’s 45,000 plant species that hold value for industry and humanity.  She urges Africa governments to make significant efforts to exploit knowledge of traditional botanical resources.

25% of the world’s plant genetic resources are found throughout the continent of Africa. Read her essay below.

Capitalize on African Biodiversity Article – President of Mauritius

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.

PROMETRA Presentation Overview: scolma-compiled-paper-1