Moxafrica is involved in an innovative systematic investigation into a non-pharmaceutical treatment for tuberculosis, particularly drug resistant TB including cases co-infected with HIV/AIDS.
The charity's aims are to investigate whether moxibustion (a traditional East Asian treatment method closely allied to acupuncture) might be particularly appropriate in the fight against drug-resistant and/or drug susceptible TB in resource-poor environments. Moxibustion (moxa) was documented as being successfully used in Japan in the 1930's to treat TB in Japan.
Moxa is low tech, cheap, unpatentable, and its technques are extremely easy to teach.
Moxafrica aims to:
- Develop relationships with academic institutions in Africa and Europe in order to promote and facilitate rigorous scientific research to test out the indicative findings - led by African institutions.
- Use results of such studies to promote the wider implementation of the treatment among appropriate NGO's.
- Research and review the historical and scientific evidence for the treatment of TB and the immunological effects of moxibustion as far as is available, particularly from Japanese sources. (Complete)
- Develop pilot scoping studies to investigate applicability and retrieve indicators of efficacy, as well as reviewing safety parameters particularly with immune- compromised patients. (largely complete
Established: March 2009
Registered Charity Number: 1128408
Board members: 5
Phone number: 0121 421 3480
Address: 103 Chestnut Road Oldbury West Midlands B68 0AYView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website