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Creating Waves of Awareness

My thanks to Dr Garry and Vladimir for offering the free computerised repertories. I am sure we will be able to make good use of them. Also my thanks to Debby for providing the network of HWC which made it possible to know and befriend like minded people.
I am overwhelmed by the scale of the suffering of the people and it seems what we are doing too little, it is like a drop in the ocean. But then I recall the story of the little girl who was busy tossing back to the sea some among thousands of starfish swept ashore. A man passed by and said ‘ you are wasting your time , you can’t save them all ‘ , and the little girl said , ‘ at least I can save this one , and this one and this one” Whatever humble service we are doing at least we have the satisfaction of knowing that no matter how little we were able to do , we did our part.

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Comment by Dr. MAS on September 6, 2010 at 12:30am
You are the only one who is admitting at open forum like this one. I salute to your courage. Very rightly said, at occasion, when I visited ministry of health to discuss few points to be included in annual health policy, the first question which I encountered was, how many homeopathic hospitals are there working in Pakistan? Not a single one under the supervision of the Government. Only a few hospitals are running few of them are attached with universities and colleges and few are running by the civilian private personalities. There standard is not high grade. Although there are 272 government dispensaries which are set in government hospitals under the supervision of goverhment employed homeopathic medical officers but these cannot be takne as "hospitals".
Comment by Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmed on September 4, 2010 at 3:59pm
Dr MAS regarding your question about what I feel is the worst hurdle for homeopathy, It is not having homeopathic hospitals and trauma centres where patients could be treated in emergencies and life threatening conditions. I also think homeopaths have failed in providing surgical help and have left it for allopaths to treat surgical cases, trauma cases, childbirths, dentistry etc. Homeopaths should have taken advantage of advances in science and technology and used it to their advantage.
Comment by Dr. MAS on September 2, 2010 at 2:09am

Now towards the solution

How can we improve the standard of education?

What we have did so for on college level

1. Efforts are made to upgrade the basic qualification from matric to F.Sc.
2. The Homeo Colleges get affiliations from their local educational board and start F.Sc (Homeopathy)
3. Four Years Diploma is reduced to 3 years on basic qualification F.Sc
4. The Three Years Diploma Holders can upgrade themselves after getting admission in Universities in two years BHMS GRADED COURSE.

What we have did so for on university level

1. Efforts are made to start BHMS GRADED and CLASSFIED COURSE in universities
2. On the basis of F.Sc (Pre Medical) without diploma 3 or 4 years can get admission directly in BHMS classified five years course
3. on the basis of F.Sc (Homeopathy) with diploma can get admission in BHMS Graded directly. It is two years course
4. on the basis of F.Sc (Homeopathy) with diploma can get admission in BHMS Classified directly. It is five years course

The difference in Graded Degree Course and Classified Degree Course is, Graded is equal to B.Sc while Classified is equal to M.Sc

I am not saying all points are effective and complete. Few are completed and few are in pipe line. May be our direction is wrong. So you guide us what could be the right direction.
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on September 1, 2010 at 7:53am
Dr MAS,in my personal opinion ,i think that to promote homeopathy in Pakistan first we have to change the way we are running our homeopathic education.It needs a completely OUT OF THE BOX approach.How we can achieve it? with all the turmoil engulfing this country,whether it be politics,bureaucracy,feudal system,Judiciary and what not.It is mind boggling indeed.Do you see light at the end of the tunnel? I can see dark clouds but awaiting the silver linig;
Comment by Dr. MAS on August 31, 2010 at 12:53am
In your opinion what is the worse thing you are facing in homeopathy? Or in your sense, which one is the most typical hurdle in the promotion of homeopathy? So that we may become the first one who wants to throw a stone in the river to generate few waves of awareness ;)

Thank You.
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 29, 2010 at 10:40pm
I heard there was another town effected today. More troubles coming to Pakistan and what to do with the millions without homes?
Comment by Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmed on August 29, 2010 at 3:47pm
Thank you dear Debby for your comments and the story reference. No doubt in any form, one is moved by the story. Full fury of the floods is still not spent and it is now playing havoc at the tail end. I feel rather then go to the world with a begging bowl,we should tighten up our belts and gather our sources and make sacrifices for our brothers and sisters who need our help.
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 29, 2010 at 11:06am
And, so too, with the thousands of birds who were covered in oil, volunteers came to clean each one and return them to the sea. My only question was where was the clean ocean for them to return?

Here is the story reference and author
The Starfish Story adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

This story has appeared all over the web in various forms, usually with no credit given to Mr. Eiseley. Sometimes it is a little girl throwing the starfish into the ocean, sometimes a young man, once even an elderly Indian. In any form it is a beautiful story and one that makes you think.

Loren Eiseley was a anthropologist who wrote extensively. He was the 'wise man' in the story, and he was walking along a beach after a storm and encountered the fellow throwing the starfish back. I have not had a chance to read the original book yet myself but will post more background info here after I do.

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