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About us

THO is an organisation that organises, trains and certifies traditional health practitioners.

It fights for member’s rights to practice the tradition of healing. We also assure the values, quality of treatment, efficacy, safety and ethical standards of member practitioners. Empowering healers of Africa to heal the continent.

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Vision

Leadership in Healing, healing the people of Africa Providing, preserving, developing and documenting African traditional healing

Target Audience

THO target both initiated and non-initiated traditional health practitioners which among others include; herbalists, sangomas, umbelethisi, iingcibi and izangoma zomkhaya. THO capacitate healers in all their specialities.

Overview

The THO organizes about 29,000 traditional health practitioners in the country and has networks in some parts of Africa. We are passionate about preserving our proud tradition of healing. We hold knowledge about tradition and healing of all different kinds of traditional health practices and share this knowledge through our training programmes. Some of these training programmes have been accredited by the Health & Welfare SETA (Accreditation Number- HW592PA0400064). We are now certifying 10 different specialists in traditional health practice.

The Certificate of Competence ensures every patient that this practitioner has completed training and passed assessment and is capable of healing the patient in an ethical, efficient, safe and hygienic way. We fight for members’ rights to practice traditional medicine and provide legal advice and support when these rights are violated. THO, works with government to support and acknowledge the good work of traditional health practitioners. We believe that traditional health practitioners play a key role in the community by caring good values and concerns for others and also take leadership in community development. There are two million traditional health practitioners in Africa and our goal is to work with all of them to make Africa a safe, healthy and happy continent

Our Values

Professional freedom, Dedication, Ubuntu, Responsibility, Compassion, Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Collective effort, Excellence, Solution-focused, Collaboration and Cooperation, Knowledge protection and preserving, User-Centred, Gender sensitivity, Acceptance, Learning and Experience

Mission

THO is an organisation that organises, trains and certifies traditional health practitioners. It fights for member’s rights to practice the tradition of healing. We also assure the values, quality of treatment, efficacy, safety and ethical standards of member practitioners. Empowering healers of Africa to heal the continent.

Qualities of a competent Traditional Health Practitioner

  • Good Healer
  • Having good mentorship
  • Well trained
  • Loving and passionate
  • Ubuntu
  • Ethical practice
  • Good values
  • Preventing diseases
  • Hygienic
  • Leadership in the community
  • Honest, Courageous and Decisive

Target Audience

THO target both initiated and non-initiated traditional health practitioners which among others include; herbalists, sangomas, umbelethisi, iingcibi and izangoma zomkhaya. THO capacitate healers in all their specialities.

Information, Documentation and Knowledge Management, Education and Development, Traditional Health Systems Management, Administration and Management, Stakeholder Management and Communications.

Nationally, THO works in the following key development sectors:

  • Membership Recruitment
  • Traditional Health Practitioner Training
  • Certification
  • Rules of Ethics and awareness of Patients’ rights
  • Creating awareness of traditional health practitioners’ rights
  • Research and Documentation
  • Campaigns & Communications
  • Patients’ Complain Centre & Conflict Resolution
  • Traditional Medicine Hospitals and Clinics
  • Traditional Medicine Shop
  • Partnerships and Networking

From extreme left is: TDr.Kandekani (a president of a healers association in the Eastern Cape), Mr. Bruce Mbedzi (National Dept of Health-Traditional Medicine directorate), THO President, TDr. D. Nhlavana Maseko (CEO, TAFSA), Dr. Sharduli terwadkar and THP. Martha Boshomane (THO Limpopo province), attending a THO-Traditional Healing Systems development seminar.

THO MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

THO has a lot to offer its members. This is the added value of membership.

Legal Advice

Free legal advice on disputes over professional engagements including workplace related claims

Welfare Advice

Free advice on social and welfare matters

Information and Publicity

THO facilitate the delivery of relevant advocacy activities in all provinces and nationally. We run ¾ debate sessions on topical issues that affects the profession and bring in expertise to speak to some of the issues, these sessions affords members the time to engage and get clarity so that relevant policies are formulated to pursue our interest. The THO exposes its specialist through the media

Exclusive Discounts

We have started a process of negotiating discounts with different companies which sales products that are of interest to our sector and many other benefits

Learning and Organising Services

THO offers a wide range of learning opportunities which range from basic skills through to professional level qualification for THO staff and general activists. That is why the THO decided on initiated strategic partnerships with institutions that provides these services

Patients Referral

THO manages a vast database system which enables patients make enquiries about their health conditions to facilitate referral to specialists. This process also allows employers to verify authenticity of medical certificates.

Empowerment and Support

THO has started a program to support its members to establish community projects and linking those projects with useful sources for sustainability.

Practitioner to Practitioner Mutual Referral

As advocates of holistic health care and noting that patients have rights too, THO launched a service to advice patients of relevant practitioner specialities understanding patient’s medical health record, presented at the time. This is done through our specialist health education program where specialists are given detailed information on causes, signs and symptoms of both western and traditional health challenges and they are therefore able to advice patients considering that education. This will include information on performance related also to psychological and other problems.

The applicant will only get the membership booklet after attending 5 days Traditional Primary Health Care Workshop. Regarding the issue of the payment and information about the workshop please contact Ms.Noma Kgopyana: tel.: 011 337 61 77 or E-mail: tholakeles@hotmail.com

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HOW TO DONATE

THO receive its annual budget from:

  • Annual contributions from membership subscriptions
  • Small grants from private organizations
  • Donations from caring patients
  • Sale of THO merchandise

We would like to thank the many individual donors who continue to support our mission. It is your generous contributions that enable us to make a difference in the lives of so many of our member practitioners and the 80% of the general public who depends on traditional medicine for their basic healthcare needs.

Considering the number of people affected by the increase in disease influx and poverty, much more effort is warranted. In most cases ladies and gentlemen many of these challenges we face can never be solved through how much money we get but rather how well we spend these monies we receive.

Donations can be made in cash or in kind. If mailing a donation, please include your name, institution/ company (if applicable), email address and phone number. Donations can be sent to:

Traditional Healers Organization (THO) Head Offices
P.O. Box 3722
Johannesburg
2001
Email: thohealth@gmail.com

For donations in human capital, training materials, seeds, land, computer equipments, clothing for witchcraft violence victims or support for any of our programs. Please contact us on info.traditionalhealer.org.za with the details of your proposition.

Your support will go a long way to make a remarkable difference. As usual all donations and sponsorship goes a long way to bring a smile to members and families affected. Thokoza, Camagu, Ndauwe, Shewe, Thokoza!!!

TRADITIONAL HEALING AND LAW

Everyone has a right to equality

Traditional Health Practitioners and their patients may not unfairly be discriminated against on the following grounds; race, gender, sex, pregnancy, religion, conscience, belief, culture, age, marital status, association, ethnicity among others Traditional healing should not experience any form of discrimination when compared with other health professions.

Everyone has a right to human dignity

Traditional Health Practitioners and their patients have to be treated with respect and dignity. Patients of THPs must not be subjected to any form of discrimination or unfair treatment.

Everyone has freedom to associate

Traditional Health Practitioners like all other individuals have a right and freedom to associate with an organisation / association of their choice without fear of intimidation.

Everyone has a right to privacy

Traditional Health Practitioners must respect their patients’ confidentiality and not disclose any medical information to third parties without their patients’ express consent and no one will have the right to search Traditional Medicine Clinics and have the right to seize their possession without a formal communication served.

Every Traditional Health Practitioner has a right to Assembly, demonstrate, picket and petition

Traditional Health Practitioners like other groups have a right to stage a peaceful picket, demonstration and submit a petition.

Everyone has the right to freedom of religion, belief and opinion

Traditional Health Practitioners and their patients may not be prevented from expressing or practising their beliefs, tradition and healing techniques, unless proven beyond reasonable doubt that such practice causes undue suffering or infringes on the human right of others.

Everyone has the right to freedom of trade, occupation and profession

Traditional Health Practitioners like other health professionals must be free to practice their profession.

Everyone has a right to Life

Traditional Health Practitioners are always expected to preserve and respect their patients’ life, as an absolute right.

Everyone has a right to fair labour practice

No employer may dismiss an employee for presenting an accredited medical certificate from a Traditional Health Practitioner.

Everyone has the right to have their environment protected

Traditional Health Practitioners have a right to gather and prepare medicines however, in the process of doing that do not contribute to environmental degradation but natural resource.

Everyone has a right access to health care services

Everyone should be able to make use of adequate, accessible, safe and beneficial health care assistance of their choice without any intimidation.

Everyone has a right to property

Traditional Health Practitioners may not be forced or compelled by anyone to give information related to their indigenous knowledge.

Everyone has a right to Freedom of Expression

All Traditional Health Practitioner’s including members of the THO to enjoy without fear of intimidation all rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Republic, in particular this right. THPs like any other profession have the right to speak out on anything that bothers them and their professional administration. No one has absolute right over freedom of expression, this mean the right to practice hate speech, sell wrong, misinformation news and ridicule members. Members have a right to speak out on poor service delivery, discrimination, hate, intolerances and any other forms of abuse exerted upon them by whether the private sector, civil society, state or institutions of the community and individuals.

Introduction

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the ratio of traditional health practitioners to the general population is approximately 1:500, while western doctors have a 1:40 000 ratio to the rest of the population. Traditional traditional health practitioner thus have a crucial role to play in building health systems and strengthening and supporting national responses to HIV & AIDS. Description: In 2007, the South African Parliament has considered passing a Traditional Health Practitioner’s Act. In view of this development, this document will consider a number of pertinent issues in traditional healing and from a human rights perspective. While the Act supports in principle the role we play in health care delivery, THO would like to see its members maintaining a certain level of good ethic and conduct when handling patients and traditional medicine related matters. To support this THO, has established a Code of Ethics and Conduct policy.

Lessons learnt: due to decades of colonialism, cultural imperialism and the power of the multi-national pharmaceutical industry, traditional health practitioners and traditional medicine have been marginalised and our value to communities underplayed. There is therefore a need for urgent investment and support of traditional health practitioners and traditional medicine – not only by government, but also by civil society and the private sector. THO will ensure that all its members uphold human rights principles and framework in all their dealings within this profession.

In the country, Traditional Health Practitioners are already a trusted source of health information and treatment. Given appropriate skills and means, they are well placed to play a bigger role in combating Africa’s major diseases, THO in partnership with the Traditional Health Practitioners’ Council will ensure that the Purpose of the Act is fulfilled.

The Act

The Act begins by setting out its purpose, defining its ambit, and providing for the manner in which it is to be interpreted. Each of these topics is of importance to an overall understanding of the Act.

Purpose of the Act (Section 2)

The purpose of the Act is to advance social justice and economic development by fulfilling its primary objects, which are:

  • • establish the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa;
  • • provide for the registration, training and practices of traditional health practitioners; and
  • • serve and protect the interests of members of the public who use the services of traditional health practitioners.

Application of the Act (Section 3)

The Act applies to

  • • Traditional health practice in the Republic; and
  • • Traditional health practitioners and students engaged in or learning traditional health practice in the Republic.

Traditional Health Practitioners are defined to mean any person who is registered under this Act and practising in the Republic. This person should represent either of the following categories; herbalist (inyanga / igedla), traditional birth attendant (umbelethisi), traditional surgeon (ingcibi), diviner (isangoma). This Act does not, however, apply to Holy spiritualist faith healing, who are persons who uses prayers as treatment for ailments and who do not use traditional medicine.

Application for registration to practice (Section 21)

No THP or Student may be allowed to practice in the Republic unless registered in terms of this Act. All applicants will be expected to attach the following documents to their application to the registrar:

  1. proof that the applicant is a South African citizen;
  2. character references by people not related to the applicant;
  3. proof of the applicant’s qualifications;
  4. the prescribed registration fee; and
  5. any further information relating to the application that the council may consider necessary.

Once the registrar is satisfied that the information and documentation submitted in support of an application for registration meet the requirements of this Act and upon receipt of the prescribed registration fee, the register will issue a registration certificate authorising the applicant to practice as a THP within the Republic. Should this application not meet the required standard then membership may be refused or referred to the Council for a decision

Will patients treated by THPs qualify for medical aid?

Formal legal recognition of the practice of traditional medicine has a number of benefits for practitioners and their patients. In terms of the Medical Schemes Act, schemes may now have to be transformed to include visits to THPs. Since TH Practice has been made law, medical schemes can choose either to register their members or not, so that they can qualify for medical aid payout.

Writing out medical certificate or sick notes

According to the THP Act all practitioners who are legally practising in this country will have the right to give out medical certificates or sick notes. However, if an employer suspects that a traditional health practitioner has fraudulently or dishonestly issued a medical certificate, that employer will be able to lay a complaint with the Interim Traditional Health Practitioner’s Council. The Council will be legally obliged to investigate the complaint and take the appropriate disciplinary action against the THP concerned. Before this Act this was not possible, the same could be done by an employee whose employer refuses to admit back to work on the basis of the origin of the sick note. There was no one to complain to except perhaps the THO alone. The other interesting issue is that the employer will have a mechanism to question the skill and knowledge of the THP who issued the medical certificate. The BCEA states that a medical certificate must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person who is certified to diagnose and treat patients and who is registered with a professional council established by an Act of parliament.

It is clear that section 23(2) now includes traditional health practitioners.

Chapter 1(s) (1)

Definitions

This is one of the most important sections of the Act as it clarifies the meaning of the word used in a particular context, unless the context indicates otherwise

What will be the future of organisations / associations?

There are currently over 200 traditional health practitioner organisations or associations in the Republic. Depending on the strength and registration criteria some of these range from 10 – 1000s of members, with some just regionally, provincially and/ or nationally based. Some of these associations collect monies from membership without giving them properly deserving products and monies charged by these range from R70 – 500 payable upon registration. Associations of THPs will continue to exist even if the Council is instituted because the two institutions will have different roles and responsibilities. The best way to illustrate their different roles is to draw a comparison between these associations and the South African Medical Association on the one hand, and a comparison between the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council and the Health Professions Council on the other hand. There can be many SAMAs. This will enable people to exercise their right and freedom of association. There can be many Traditional Health Practitioner associations such as the THO. Membership of such associations is voluntary. Practitioners can choose whether or not to join.

Fees charged by registered persons (section 42)

All registered practitioners must before providing any health service inform their patients to whom the services will be rendered, of the fee which he or she intends to charge for that particular service.

Payment of annual fees (Section 50)

No organisation or association is allowed to anticipate or inform its members about monies that could be charged as registration or membership fees according to this law unless the Minister says so on recommendation of the Council (this is a national body that will be formed by the Minister through the THP Act regulations).

Transitional provisions (Section 51)

No one may take legal steps or institute disciplinary action against you for engaging in traditional health practice during the period of one year following the date of commencement of this Act.

Contact us

If you would like more information on THO or would like to support one of our projects - through either donation of funds, partnerships or in-kind support, please contact THO:

TRADITIONAL HEALERS ORGANIZATION – HEAD OFFICE National Secretariat

Physical address:

Level 3; Zionist Centre,
Cnr. 16 Banket & Devilliers Street,
Johannesburg 2001

Postal Address:

3722 Johannesburg 2001

Tel:(011) 337 6177
Fax:(011) 337 2589
E-Mail: thohealth@gmail.com

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