Health care and medicines are a main component in achieving a decent standard of living for the human society. In the modern context, where western medicine has made significant developments towards controlling and healing various ailments, traditional and herbal medicines have been given inadequate attention. This poses the risk of losing precious knowledge found within these traditional systems.
Since 2015, we have undertaken deliberate steps to gather knowledge on herbal medicine practiced by traditional healers from around the region. We aim to preserve, scientifically evaluate and disseminate herbal medicine techniques based on the use of local resources that have the ability of preventing and curing ailments. Furthermore, we encourage the conservation of indigenous plant species. Our work in 2016 involved visiting and learning from traditional medicine practitioners and investigating through secondary sources the identified medicinal species.