- Moxa project in Nyanga, started in 2011 and is ongoing.
- Partnership with South Africa Christian Leadership Association.
- Support from University of Western Cape's Dr. Andre Sorger.
South Africa is the epicentre of drug resistant tuberculosis in Sub Saharan Africa,
with the highest recorded rates of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and a very large
number of patients co-infected with HIV and TB. In the ever-expanding urban areas
of typically high population density and poor housing, there are large migrant
populations, as people come from all over the African continent searching for
employment. This situation adds to the problems of controlling diseases such as HIV
Since 2011 Moxafrica have been working in the Western Cape, first by running two
12 month pilot studies. Community Health Workers, who deliver TB medicine to
patients within the townships, were trained to use moxa and offer it to their patients.
The study in Nyanga township near Cape Town was particularly successful and we
are still supporting a moxa program there. Through talking to patients in Nyanga and
receiving regular feedback from Health Workers we can see the continuing benefits
that moxa is bringing, and are convinced that it has huge potential to help these
In Nyanga we are privileged to be working with SACLA (South Africa Christian
Leadership Association), and their dedicated team of Health Workers. This
partnership has helped us understand some of the challenges of township life, as
well as the difficulties faced by health professionals in these environments.
Dr. Andre Sorger, lecturer at the School of Natural Medicine at the University of the
Western Cape (UWC), has been connected with SACLA for some years as part of
outreach work with his acupuncture students from the UWC. He is excited by the
responses seen so far, and committed to helping its progress.
In an attempt to raise awareness of moxa and of the work of Moxafrica in South
Africa, a workshop was held in Cape Town November 2014. We are grateful to
Andre Sorger and acupuncturist Emma Mezher for organising this event, which was
attended by local acupuncturists and students. We hope that a community of
therapists interested in moxa can develop and spread the word to help us introduce
moxa more widely in South Africa.