Where African and Conventional Medicine Converge!


By Romaric Bationo, FENZA Director

African and Conventional MedicinebOn Friday, 7th August, FENZA convened a discussion on the importance of African Medicine under the theme: “Where African and conventional medicine converge, if at all they do”. From 9:00 hrs, 35 people; traditional healers, medical doctors, religious sisters, priests and people with interest in traditional medicine gathered in the hall of FENZA. Among the attendees, there was honourable Guy Scott who represented the Parliament.

The event started with a display of various traditional medicine as a way to welcome the attendees.

Four speakers brought to light various points and situations regarding African traditional medicine. Dr Muyangana Chrispin and Dr Mampwe Gertrude spoke of the convergence of African and conventional medicine. Mr Saili Kelvin from ZABS (Zambia Bureau of Standard) expounded on the need of standards for African medicine and what it involves. Mrs Chabinga from Canvendish University, made a strong appeal on building networks and collaboration among traditional healers, on training in traditional healing in order to promote African traditional medicine. The discussion ended after 12:00hrs.

The conference made it clear that the time has come for African traditional medicine to be officially and internationally recognised and promoted. This will entail joined efforts from all stakeholders. With the enthusiasm and passion shown by the participants a follow-up of the conference could be expected soon.”

Mafrwestafrica – Lettre du 12 août 2015


cropped-mafrwestafrica-02.jpgAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site www.mafrwestafrica.net :

Dans la rubrique « Actualités » :

« Déclaration d’intention et Lectorat à Bobo» ; c’est le 18 juillet 2015 que les 11 novices de Samagan ont prononcé leur déclaration d’intention et reçu le ministère du lectorat. (lire la suite) 

« Burkina Faso août 2015 » Quelques nouvelles récentes du Burkina, prises sur le site de Radio France Internationale : pluies, élections, Blaise Compaoré… (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Témoignages » :

« Chapitre 2016 à venir » : trois témoignages au sujet du 28ème chapitre général de la société des Missionnaires d’Afrique, qui aura lieu en 2016 (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Dialogue interreligieux » :

« José Cantal Rivas à Zagreb » l’intervention de notre confrère Missionnaire d’Afrique à la Conférence internationale de Zagreb, sur le thème de la « présence médiatique chrétienne en milieu musulman » (lire la suite)

«  Un dialogue pas évident » trois articles pris sur le site de l’ARCRE : un livre, une rencontre mondiale, un texte sur la jeunesse et l’état islamique (lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Justice et Paix »  :

« Le Pape en Bolivie », quelques courts extraits des interventions du Pape François lors de son séjour dans ce pays les 9 et 10 juillet, ainsi qu’un article paru dans le journal « Le Monde ». (lire la suite) 

« Quel Proche Orient ? » trois articles sur ce sujet, qui remettent en cause les idées reçues à propos de l’actualité politico-religieuse.(lire la suite)

Dans la rubrique « Vu au sud, vu du sud » :

« Subsahariens chrétiens au Maroc » un article signalé par le Père Daniel Nourissat, Vicaire Général de Rabat. (lire la suite) 

« Exposition missionnaire sur camps de déplacés en RDC » laquelle exposition a été réalisée.par le Père Pino Locati. (lire la suite) 

« Présidentielles à venir en Côte d’Ivoire » lesquelles élections doivent normalement avoir lieu en octobre 2015. Les candidats ne manquent pas…(lire la suite)

« Insécurité au Mali » : trois articles récents sur la situation dans ce pays qui est bien préoccupante (lire la suite)

SOUTH AFRICA – The beatification ceremony of Benedict Daswa will be held on September 13, the first martyr of South Africa recognized by the Church


Benedict-Daswa-Sept-2015Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) – On 13 September the Church in South Africa is preparing to celebrate the beatification of Benedict Samuel Tshimangadzo Daswa, martyred on 2 February 1990 (see Fides 30/09/2014), the first martyr of South Africa recognized by the Church.

For the occasion, a special website (www.daswabeatification.org.za) has been created that presents the life of this devout Catholic. In February 1990, following a series of strong storms that raged in the area of his native village, the local people thought that these phenomena were due to acts of witchcraft. The council of elders therefore decided to consult a “healer” and the villagers were asked an individual contribution of 5 Rand to pay for his advice. Benedict said that thunderstorms are natural phenomena and refused to give his contribution to pay a sorcerer, thus arousing the anger of many residents.

On 2 February 1990, the car Benedict was traveling in was blocked with a road ambush by some individuals. He managed to escape on foot, and hid in a house. But faced with the threat to kill the woman who hid him, Benedict gave himself to his captors, entrusting his soul to the Lord. He was stabbed to death and his body covered with boiling water.

On January 22, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree which recognizes the “martyrdom of Tshimangadzo Samuele Benedetto Daswa (Bakali), lay, killed in hatred of the Faith, on February 2, 1990, in Mbahe (South Africa)”.

The beatification ceremony in the presence of the representative of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will be held on September 13 at the Benedict Daswa Shrine, in Tshitanini in Limpopo Province. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 07/08/2015)

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Crossing a river on a bike, Norbert Nkingwa experience!


Crossing a river on the bike 02_modifié-1Riding a bike may be as difficult as crossing a river on a traditional boat made out of a log. This is what Norbert Nkingwa experienced recently. Reaching the Luombwa River from Serenje was already an achievement and riding a bike proved more difficult to do on the sand. Keeping the balance is the main challenge. But what about doing it while crossing the river? Some time back, Faustin Kerumbe did it with a motorbike. Please, have a look at the seriousness of the mother crossing with her children. Who’s next?

Link: Networking the land instead of surfing the net

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