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Chagas's disease (American trypanosomiasis) is an incredible tropical infection that begins with flu-like symptoms and can end up with heart failure.
The only treatments tested are a pair of expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
But a group of Canadian homeopaths say they can detect, prevent and treat the disease, and the federal government pays to take their medicines to Hondurans sick.
Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) Quebec spends $ 350,000 in support funding from Global Affairs Canada to send more than a dozen homeopath volunteers to Honduras over five years.
Homeopathi is an unusual option for foreign aid because it rejects a basic science site and is practiced by people who are not usually medical doctors.
Among its principles; memory water – "like cures is like" – and the more substance is diluted, the more powerful it will come. Often, his practitioners can not just explain how something that seems incredibly works, while most research and medical community labeled pseudoscience.
That has not prevented TSF from securing a federal grant to treat and train Hondurans in a homeopathy to "stop epidemics" as well as open seven homeopathic "dispensaries" to provide medication.
A spokesman for the TSF, Philippe Legault, said a homeopathy meets the needs of Hondurans that are not met by their unauthorized healthcare system.
"We're helping people get some tools to work with their population and their health. We're sure we do not think we can improve everything with homes."
Legault states that the World Health Organization includes a homeopathy as part of a Strategy for Traditional Medicine. In response to an open letter from scientists and researchers, however, the WHO explained that it does not support a homeopathy to treat infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, flu or diarrhea.
If this is not good enough for patients, I do not know why it would be good enough for Hondurans.– Dr. Marie-Renée B-Lajoie
Other government-funded TSF support work involves sending dentists and eye doctors to Bolivia and Tanzania, but not to Honduras.
Montreal's emergency doctor, Dr Marie-Renée B-Lajoie, who is not familiar with TSF's work, said homeopathy should have a role in foreign support.
B-Lajoie has traveled to Honduras five times for research and helping the country's tough healthcare system, where there is one doctor to around 3,000 people, and the murder rate is among the highest in the world.
"We will never use it [homeopathy] in Canada. If this is not good enough for patients, I do not know why it would be good enough for Hondwrans. "
Humanitarian aided tours on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have gained popularity among complementary health practitioners, leading to groups such as Naturopaths Without Borders, Homeopaths Without Borders, Herbalists Without Borders, Chiropratique Sans Frontières and even Aromatherapists Without Borders.
But perhaps this is one of the first times Ottawa has funded homeopathic support.
Vancouver's pediatrician, Dr. Srinivas Murthy, said he was worried about the impact of Canadian non-evidence based support support or science.
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"Homeopathy does not handle anything … It offers nothing beyond people who travel to different places and feel better about themselves."
Murthy has been on trips with MSF including the international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where fear and suspicion sometimes prevented the efforts of help.
He said that offering a homeopathy in undeveloped countries would undermine treatments that are actually effective.
"I believe that a whole situation of homeopathy is based on a lack of trust that already exists. It gives something that they will not do better, that will confirm the general sense from lack of trust in the healthcare system. "
TSF started a government-funded homeopathy program in 2015, and its final mission to Honduras begins in April.
Global Affairs Canada said it supported TSF through its 2015-2020 Volunteer Cooperation Program.
"This program supports Canadian organizations that send Canadian qualified volunteers to work with local partners in developing countries. The aim of the program is to increase the participation of Canadians in development efforts to promote a better understanding of international development issues, "Richard Walker, spokesman for Global Issues, by e-mail.
The department also referred to the WHO situation on complementary medicines and said that there was a local interest in a homeopathy.