(Pictured Left: Adama at work in Brisbane, Australia)
Adama Kamara was born in Sierra Leone in West Africa and from a very young age, showed an interest in the natural sciences as well as botany. During her studies for a bachelor’s degree in Pure and Applied Sciences she was offered a scholarship to study medicine in China. She was introduced to Chinese medicine and acupuncture during her studies in Beijing and was particularly impressed with the way Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy and other forms of alternative therapies were incorporated into the general health system in China.
She was offered an opportunity to study a combined medical degree from the Beijing University of TCM where she received training in both Western and Eastern medicine. Eventually she graduated with a Diploma of Medicine specializing in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), over 80 percent of the population rely solely on alternative medicine as their main or only source of healthcare; further reinforcing her belief that there is a greater role for alternative medicine in the developing world to address primary and secondary health care issues.
Aware that in most cases, due to the unavailability and inaccessibility of western pharmaceuticals and western medical treatments in the developing world, an increased reliance of alternative care will result. She believes that greater research into herbs and the development of effective herbal therapies for common health issues affecting the developing world population, will provide greater access to healthcare that is affordable and easily available to these populations.
After her studies in China, Adama migrated to Australia where she did her post graduate studies in Public Health at Queensland University of Technology. She believes that because most of the developing countries in Africa and other regions of the world, due to their colonial past have inherited a healthcare system modeled after European health systems. These systems are failing the developing world due to inadequate funding to maintain or upgrade their system. She hopes for there to be change in these outdated systems, however she believes that any changes will have to come from public health and the administrative sector.
Adama maintains an alternative medicine clinic in Brisbane Australia, however she is continually developing innovative solutions that address common health issues such as the Eco Fire Pot Cook Stove which she hopes will help reduce mortality and morbidity associated with indoor air pollution. She has also developed a number of very effective herbal remedies for assisting with other health issues including her herbal hair growing shampoo.