“Impressive” Results for HIV/AIDS Treatment in Tanzania


“I’d be surprised if somebody comes back after two weeks and isn’t much improved,” says Jeremy Sherr, co-founder of a small homeopathic clinic at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Sherr started treating people with HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s, working in major cities across the world with quite positive results. He says the improvements Tanzanians living with the illness see are even stronger. All their patients receive antiretrovirals (ARV) from Tanzanian hospitals once CD4 levels reach a certain point.

“The people here respond to homeopathy better than anywhere else in the world, faster and more impressively. We’ve often pondered why. My take is that people here are more connected to the earth and their own innate energy.”

A strong claim, and Sherr welcomes the opportunity to share the medical documentation, saying “We could open 100 clinics tomorrow, if we had the staff and resources.” For 14 years, Homeopathy for Health in Africa has provided care to thousands of people, serving neighborhoods, schools, orphanages and hospitals.

“All our outreaches first started because of HIV/AIDS and because people were so sick. First of all they couldn’t afford the hospital, they couldn’t even afford the medicine or transportation, let a lone the hospital fees, so they were just lying in their hut and totally sick. They couldn’t do anything so we started going to their homes, and then their neighborhoods for those who were mobile.” Homeopath & cofounder Camilla Sherr 

The Homeopathy for Health in Africa center has five qualified homeopaths. On a rather typical day in December, a team of two practitioners and one student trainee consult inside a crumbling concrete shell of a small

structure on the outskirts of Moshi. With intermittent rain, rooster crowing, and the midday call to prayer on loudspeaker for Muslim faithful, they treat eight people in person, and in absentia, two grandmothers whose daughters came on behalf of their immobile mothers, but their visits allow the team to give the attention they need as well.

“What I love the most about homeopathy is that it really, really works.  I can testify that I have treated so many people with brilliant results and they are so happy. In the beginning they were not believing in it, thinking it’s just some kind of simple medicine but it’s truly amazing and people really appreciate it.”  Homeopath Elisia Mrema  

The trauma, emotional pain and long-suffering, as well as the physical symptoms, come in glimpses amid clients’ strength, clear will and the occasional chuckles with the team. Many who come have spouses and children who died, and most experience the excruciating reality of being pulled in all directions attending to the needs – and financially having to support – sick children, parents and spouses at the same time – never mind their own. Loss of family members and severe financial stress is more common than not in these communities.

“After both sons died in a short period, Felicity* came to us with physical heart pain as well as emotional. Taking care of her sons’ orphaned children on her own, feeling so sad, so depressed, so responsible, trying so hard to make ends meet and feeling she “can’t do it.” In four months of treatment, the heart pain is completely gone, and the quality of the emotional pain is different. She’s not thinking about it all the time and when she does, it’s different. This is the thing with homeopathy, you can have exactly the same life, the same problems, you’re still poor, your sons are still dead, you have the same responsibilities, but somehow your outlook has changed. Of course, you never get over the grief over the loss of your sons, but you can come from that pit of despair, of sadness, of responsibility, of no money, to “You know what? It is what it is and I’m doing my best.” Homeopath Camilla Sherr

One symptom seldom gives a picture of overall health. The science and art of selecting the right homeopathic remedy requires not only years of study for the practitioner, but careful observation, questioning and listening. It requires asking about everything from the presenting pain to moods and behaviors, digestion, elimination, food preferences, menses for women, cravings, dreams and more ­- far different from the time constraints of conventional medicine.

Once today’s lead homeopath Camilla Sherr says a definitive “Okay,” it’s time to finalize the remedy and then hand it out for clients to take themselves daily, with monthly follow ups – all free. Some new cases show up and other clients come back to share what has improved, changed or newly arrived.

In between consultations there’s an opportunity to explain more to the local student trainee, but the entire experience is a collaborative learning opportunity for 24-year-old Vanessa Mrema, who has been studying for three years and also translates. Her sister is Homeopath Elisia Mrema.

“I like homeopathy because it deals with whole body symptoms and not just one symptom.” Vanessa Mrema, 3-year student trainee.

Homeopath Camilla Sherr is one of the founders. Sherr and her co-founder husband homeopath Jeremy Sherr, run the Centre.  Both are internationally recognized homeopaths, administrators, fundraisers and anything-needing-to-be-done doers.

Including teaching. Two of the current clinic practitioners became interested at a 4-H agriculture program in their Moshi secondary, or high school, where Jeremy introduced the concepts of homeopathic medicine, including the basic “like cures like.”  Sherr offered a 6–8 week introductory course and the promise of a three-year training program scholarship at the Kenyan School for Homeopathics in Kwale for the two top scorers who passed the final exam.

“People come to trust us because they see the results. People come from Mweka or Uru and we go to Maasai villages and treat for free. If you treat 1,000 people and get good results, then later they come in groups of two, three, four. Plus patients tell their neighbors and they come to see us.”  Homeopath Anitha Moshi

Fast forward and homeopaths Anitha Moshi and Elisia Mrema have been at the Centre for nine years now, devoted to their profession and ready to help train a cohort of new students in 2024. The program in Kenya having changed and dropped those courses, the only other training program on the continent is in South Africa, too far and too expensive for the clinic to send students.

           The new students became inspired after seeing dramatic changes in children’s lives at a residential school where the young people come from severely abusive households, including some enduring pedophilia from very young ages. Even after being in a safe location, with food, shelter and loving caretakers, of the 50 children treated, most suffered from chronic daily bedwetting. After four months working with a homeopath, that symptom was completely gone for most kids.

           So how does the clinic survive, given the project’s mission is to provide free or extremely low-cost care and how few people are able to pay about $12 USD for a new patient visit and remedy? All people with HIV/AIDS are treated free-of-charge, and most consultations plus remedies are gratis as well.

           Initially the Sherrs funded the work with their own pension fund money. Over time, contributions from happy patients in other parts of the world, family, friends and donors support the project. International homeopathic volunteers come for one-to-three months at a time and lodge in a modest house in Shantytown. Real name. The idea is that if you want to come: Stay, learn, engage.

           Climbers can buy a kit that covers the symptoms of altitude sickness and other stresses that accompany ascending the highest mountain in Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s 19,000 ft. climb is daunting on its own, and particularly for visitors feeling jet-lagged as well.

           The Centre also offers African beauty oils for skin and homeopathic applications for plants to thrive, including all-natural insecticide and fungicide. They’re testing remedies on individual greenery in the clinic courtyard and patients take some home to try on their own small gardens. In some neighborhoods, every spare inch is covered in home-grown food production.

“You know you can not only give medicine to get health. Right now we are taking online donations for our Christmas campaign to provide special gift boxes to people who have no food. These gift baskets contain Uji porridge, made from highly nutritious ingredients, along with a local pure and natural honey.” Homeopath Anitha Moshi

Ethical Standard:

100% natural medicine should be available for all.

Motto: HARDWORK, DEDICATION & COMMITMENT

This holiday season, a donation equivalent to $30 USD gives more than joy to families — healthy food: grains, seeds, nuts, dried green vegetables and yellow sweet potato, sweetened by delicious local honey to feed body and soul. You can contribute at https://homeopathyforhealthinafrica.org/product/holiday-gift-boxes/

The clinic hopes to raise funds for another 100 Uji porridge boxes. Enough to make a difference in people’s lives, along with homeopathic care, and more resources are very welcome to bring “impressive results” to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. What’s working in Tanzania is worth researching for benefits beyond its borders.  

“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and the most complete medical science.” Mahatma Gandhi

*Name changed for privacy.

Reporting and photos by Lark Corbeil, +011 208 841 6642, lark@larkcorbeil.com
Layout, Edward Makabayo, +255 684 834 111, makabayo@gmail.com