ASSOCIATION OF NATUROPATHIC PYSICIANS GHANA LBG

 

Brief History of Association of Naturopathic Physicians Ghana  (A.N.P.G),

Who We Are?

The First organized group of Medically trained locally Naturopathic doctors, Professional Naturopaths and Naturopathic Assistants was initiated by Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine. The College started as a distance education recruiting students for the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus, in 2016. The College was officially incorporated by the laws of Ghana as a tertiary school in 2018 to provide education in Naturopathy and holistic medical programs under the leadership of Prof. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu who was then with Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine as a faculty member.

After three years of providing effective Modern Naturopathic education, the college was recognized by the World Naturopathic Federation(WNF), Canada. The college was also recognized and accredited by the Traditional Medicine Practice Council of the Ministry of Health in 2018.

Naturopathic Students of the college as well as the leadership of the college led by Prof. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, formed the Association of Naturopathic Physicians Ghana to help regulate graduating Naturopathic doctors, Professional Naturopaths as well as Naturopathic Assistants.

 Founded in 2021, the Association of Naturopathic Physicians Ghana LBG (A.N.P.G), is a legally constituted body with registration No: CG184190521 and incorporated under the Companies Act, 2019(Act 992) as a nonprofit professional body.  The association represents Medically trained Naturopathic Physicians and students in an accredited Naturopathic schools in Ghana recognized by the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practice Council(TAMPC) based on Act 2000, (Act 575) and ministerial directives, the practice of alternative medicine as well as National accrediting agencies such as National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations(NABPTEX), Ghana Tertiary Education Commission(GTEC) and World Naturopathic Federation(WNF), Canada.  The association has three memberships based on the level of education in Naturopathy in Ghana.

  1. licensed naturopathic doctors;
  2. Professional Naturopaths and
  • Naturopathic medicine students and other healthcare professionals allied with the naturopathic profession such as public health practitioners etc

 

Administration of the Association

The Association is administered by the National Executive Committee (NEC). The NEC comprises a group of peer-elected Professional Naturopaths and Naturopathic doctors in the Ghanaian jurisdiction who serve the profession in a voluntary capacity, to realize the functions of the organization.  

Our Strategic Plan for 2025 in Ghana

Goal 1 – Increase public awareness and understanding of naturopathic medicine

Objective 1 – Position A.N.P.G as “the voice of the profession” by promoting a clear and consistent branding of the naturopathic profession.

Strategy: Develop A.N.P.G communications plan using social media, and leverage influencers in the profession, proficient writers and communicators, web content & SEO experts to improve both internal profession communications and external community communications.

 Strategy: Coordinate with selected media houses as well as other stakeholders to promote Naturopathic profession with good branding.

Objective 2 – Increase media coverage of naturopathic medicine and naturopathic physicians.

 Strategy: Provide resources to execute a plan to increase media coverage.

 Strategy: Recruit, train and support a Rapid Response Spokespersons team of naturopathic physicians to generate, interact with, and respond to, local, regional, and national media opportunities.

 Strategy: Distribute naturopathic perspectives (statements) on trending topics

Goal 2 – Attain full-scope legal recognition of the naturopathic profession in Ghana.

Objective 1 –  Canvass for the promulgation of the Traditional and Alternative Medicine bill in Ghana which Naturopathy falls.

Strategy: Maintain a staff position to provide administrative and organizational assistance to the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practice Council to develop Standards in the Profession of Naturopathy.

Strategy: Meet with the Parliamentary Committee on Health issues to discuss the legal recognition of Naturopathy and the promulgation of the bill by providing information resources and facilitate sharing of knowledge

Objective 2 – Defend scope of practice, modalities and patient/physician access to natural substances and therapies both nationally and locally.

 Strategy: Advocate before regulatory agencies by responding to public comment solicitations, and engaging grassroots, coalition and legal input as needed.

Strategy: Support government bills that defend or enhance scope and access to modalities and therapies used by NDs.

Goal 3 – Increase professional success and employment opportunities for naturopathic physicians in all health care environments

Objective 1 – Expand employment opportunities for NDs.

Strategy: Collaborate with other stakeholders to expand residency opportunities and to promote equity for residencies for all graduates.

Strategy: Promote opportunities for naturopathic physicians to work in other countries.

Strategy: Develop and launch a Career Center that actively educates employment sectors on the value of hiring naturopathic physicians and recruit’s employment opportunities to promote to NDs.

Strategy: Coordinate with Naturopathic Medical Schools to develop entrepreneurship courses to help NDs.

Objective 2 – Increase reimbursement for naturopathic physicians.

Strategy: Work with private health insurance companies in Ghana on inclusion of naturopathic physicians and their services in insurance plans.

Strategy: Promote reimbursement parity for naturopathic physicians with other medical providers

Objective 3 – Promote practice success

 Strategy: Develop practice management such as Mini-MBA webinar series and toolkit to include business development tools, marketing, contracting, operations, management training, etc

Strategy: Provide mentorship opportunities through the convention and collaboration with Ghana Health Service on expanding student access to preceptors.

Strategy: Identify and promote successful models of financially successful NDs, highlighting different models of practice to include cash-based, insurance,  multi-clinic, and  integrative services in Ghana.

Strategy: Increase culturally responsive/appropriate practitioner training to facilitate the ability of NDs to work in all healthcare environments.

Strategy: Engage Professional Affairs Committee to develop training materials that keep naturopathic physicians on the cutting edge of the changing face of healthcare, including telemedicine guidelines, dealing with social media censorship, doing group visits, value-based care alternative payment models, etc

Goal 4 – Foster a more sustainable, unified, and resilient naturopathic community.

Objective 1 – Enhance A.N.P.G member experience

Strategy: Increase  A.N.P.G role and activities as a leader in providing professional education for members.

Strategy: Continually evaluate and bring optimal benefits to members.

 Strategy: Keep members informed about A.N.P.G activities and developments relevant to the profession occurring at the national level.

Strategy: Increase opportunities for member participation in A.N.P.G committees, task forces, and leadership positions.

Objective 2 – Engage and inspire the naturopathic medicine community through enhanced communication and collaboration.

Strategy: Keep the community informed about AN.P.G  activities and developments relevant to the profession.

Strategy: Provide Board presence at events with state associations, affiliates, and other stakeholders.

Strategy: Optimize SEO for the website, and improve A.N.P.G communication channels and technology to enhance the member experience.

Objective 3 – Promote interprofessional collaboration.

Strategy: Participate in interdisciplinary forums, events, and coalitions.

Strategy: Strengthen A.N.P.G presence in government forums, hearings, and events.

Goal 5 – Attain the financial and human resources necessary to carry out the strategic plan

Objective 1 – Secure and cultivate talented association staff to carry out A.N. P. G operations at a high quality level.

Objective 2 – Increase A.N.P. G financial security through strengthening member programs and services.

Strategy: Recruit new members while increasing retention of existing members.

Strategy: Develop and execute conferences that are financially viable.

Strategy: Create synergistic relationships with corporate sponsors and affiliate organizations.

 Objective 3 – Diversify revenue streams with non-dues revenue, collaborative grants and partnership proposals with Corporate entities, and other fundraising opportunities.

 Strategy: Explore possibilities of approaching corporate partners to support staff that can help .A.N.P.G develop more resources.

Regulatory framework of Naturopathy in Ghana

The SELF–REGULATION association was supported by all members of the Association. The Association consists of Naturopathic Professionals who have graduated from a recognized accredited Naturopathic Medical School or university. The Naturopathic Medical the practitioner attended should be accredited and recognized in its home country or by the World Naturopathic Federation(WNF), Canada.

In Ghana, there is no separate legislation on Naturopathic Medicine practice juxtaposed to what happens in North America, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and elsewhere.  However, there is government directives to incorporate alternative medicines under the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, based on Traditional Medicine Practice ACT, 2000(ACT 575). As at 2014, there is a new bill titled “Traditional and Alternative Medicine bill”, which intends to finally give recognition to alternative medicine as well. Hence, in Ghana, Naturopathy is incorporated under the umbrella of alternative medicine.  The passage of this new bill will ultimately provides the roadmap for Naturopathy and other forms of alternative medicines as well.

As we wait for legal recognition and regulations on Naturopathy, the association have decided to work with all government agencies and stakeholders to help streamline Naturopathic Medicine in Ghana.  Unfortunately, the practice of naturopathy is at the embryonic stage and we hope to create awareness on Naturopathy. The practice of Naturopathy is tolerated in Ghana, although Western/conventional Medicine is recognized.