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.

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 Visits PROMETRA Benin

Support for Way of Remembering

PROMETRA International President Dr. Erick Gbodosou and Vice President Virginia Floyd visited PROMETRA Benin in July 2019.  They visited PROMETRA’s Way of Remembering Site and the Door of Return Museum.  Working with PROMETRA Benin President, Emanuel  Agbikossi  and the PROMETRA Benin team efforts to strengthen the Way of Remembering Door of Return Museum were executed.  A report of the meeting is attached.

We invite citizens from throughout the world to visit this important cultural and historic site located in Ouidah, Benin.  PROMETRA’s next Way of Remembering Study Tour will take place in January 2021.  Stay turned for trip details coming soon!

Visit to Door of Return Museum Ouidah Beach, Benin
PROMETRA International President and Vice President meet with the PROMETRA Benin team.

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 International participates in the National Day of Voodoo in the Republic of Benin

The Republic of Benin celebrated its annual national holiday on January 10th to honor the spirituality system of voodoo, the basis of its national culture and heritage.  PROMETRA International, in partnership with the National Voodoo Culte of Benin, brought participants from Africa, Europe, USA and the Caribbean to this celebration. PROMETRA International’s Way of Remembering Study Tour addresses the topics of slavery, reconciliation, spirituality, and seeks ways to strengthen humanity and the world in which we live.

Read the formal presentation of PROMETRA International here:

PROMETRA International Speech in English PROMETRA International Speech National Voodoo Day 2019

PROMETRA International Speech in French allocution 10 janvier 2019

PROMETRA International Shares Stage with Ambassador Andrew Young & NIH Directors

PROMETRA International President, Dr. Erick Gbodossou, presented at the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Equity Symposium held in Atlanta, GA USA on November 28, 2018.  The Symposium was attended by over 400 participants seeking to answer the question, What is Global Health Equity?”  All participants were challenged to identify the role that they will play in achieving global health equity.

Dr. Gbodossou was joined by Ambassador Andrew J Young on the panel, Complementary & Integrative Approaches to Global Health Wellness. A 15 minute version of the documentary, Strong Medicine: The Secret Power of African Healing preceded the conversation with research scientists of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr Michael Powell and Lead Scientist Mahfuz Khan. The research partnership between PROMETRA International, the Andrew J Young Foundation and Morehouse School of Medicine continues to conduct research into the safety and efficacy of African natural products.

The Symposium also featured a conversation with three Directors of the US National Institutes of Health, Drs. Roger Glass, Anthony Fauci and Gary Gibbons.  International  participants from Zambia, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, and Haiti shared  reports of successful programs occurring in their nations.  USAID, CDC and PAHO representatives also participated in this global symposium.

Watch the full version of Strong Medicine Documentary

Read about Morehouse School of Medicine 

Final Symposium Program

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.

Click here to find out more information and register


African Traditional Medicine Day – August 31st

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