Homoeopathy Overseas - Africa

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In South Africa, homoeopathy is currently regulated by the Allied Health Professions Act, 1982 (Act 63 of 1982). The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is one of five Statutory Health Professional Councils regulating health professions in South Africa. Any person wishing to practice homoeopathy must be registered with the AHPCSA. Homoeopathic registration in South Africa enjoys a standing, rights and privileges similar to that of conventional medical practitioners. This means that the legal scope of practice of a homoeopathic practitioner is very similar to that of a conventional medical practitioner. Training is based upon the medical curriculum with homoeopathy as the primary therapeutic focus and is a five-year full-time Masters degree in homoeopathy, offered at the University of Johannesburg and Durban University of Technology.1

In Nigeria, both medically qualified practitioners and lay persons can practice homoeopathy. The Congress of Homoeopathic Medicine Practitioners had 30 medical doctors on its register in 2005. The Nigerian College of Homoeopathic Medicine, founded in 1972, is recognised by the government.


1 'Legal Status of Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Alternative Medicine: A Worldwide Review', an unofficial review by the World Health Organisation 2001

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