Traditional Hospital in Keur Massar, Sénégal


Discover a traditional African hospital with its garden and pharmacy.

The traditional hospital in Keur Massar, is located in a quiet village not far from the country’s congested capital, Dakar, and consists of about ten huts, each with one or two beds.

It was founded in 1985 by Yvette Parès, a french researcher who worked on leprosy. She learned a lot from traditional healers. Here, the traditional medical knowledge of traditionalism is valued, exercised and made available to patients.

Four healers see an average of 20 patients every day — mainly elderly people with rheumatic complaints, but also women seeking treatments for illnesses ranging from headaches to miscarriages. The healers also treat conditions such as asthma and tuberculosis.

We visited the garden and the pharmacy of Keur Massar. I even bought a bottle of a mixture of essential oil for cold.

written by azurblue on 2010-03-26 #places #garden #hospital #plants #location #traditional #african #medicine #keur #massar #cure #africa-senegal #healers


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    It's so terrible to think that in 2010 some countries have still to deal with such diseases... The world is so unfair... Sorry for the negativeness of my comment but sometimes I just hate human being...

  2. tveden
    tveden ·

    Thats heavy stuff. But its also very exciting to see small villages like that in africa. Really cool location.

  3. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    It's always nice to see your Africa

  4. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thank you stouf, tveden and a-l-b-e-r-t-o- !

    It's a smal hospital, but they cure patients for almost nothing (for free, if patients have no money at all).

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