China has been sending medical teams to Namibia since 1996, offering free treatment to patients. Whil many patients were initially skeptical of Traditional Chinese Medicine and came with a ‘try-and-see’ approach, increasing numbers have come to accept it, says Dr Chu Hailin, head of the 12th Chinese Medical Team to Namibia.
62-year-old Mara Baumgartener receives acupuncture treatment twice a week free of charge at the Katutura Hospital in Windhoek, the Namibian capital. Today she swears by it.
“Before acupuncture, there were times that my back hurt so much that I couldn’t get out of my bed. I crawled out of my bed and I crawled back,” she said. “But since your great treatment, I’m really good. So I’m coming for acupuncture as long as I want to. It really makes a difference.”