Due to growth in utilization and trade in herbal medicine products in Uganda, Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute (NCRI)-under the Uganda National Health Research Organisation (UNHRO)-Ministry of health and Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) an agency of Ministry of education and sports, established collaborations to formalize training of herbalists and herbal medicines processors. This is a means to improve herbal practitioner practice and formalize the sector.
The training is aimed at developing a formal and recognized certification system for herbalists and herbal medicine processors. During the training for delivery of skills, participatory training methods are adopted. These included lectures, tutorials/ focused group discussion/ clustering group presentations/ discussions demonstrations, field work and practicals
Medicinal plants identification, good agricultural practices, sustainable harvesting of medicinal plants, good manufacturing practices, protective wear & personal hygiene, waste management, first aid kit; contents, composition & use of a fire extinguisher for different types of fire.
Preparation of petroleum base & non petroleum base jellies, preparation of petroleum base and non-petroleum base lotions & creams, preparation of bathing soap, powders, preparation of shower gels & hand washing gels, hair shampoo, herbal syrups, decoctions, tinctures, herbal distillates, herbal ointments, herbal capsules & tablets as well as entrepreneurship skills.
Theory on Human Anatomy and Physiology, reception of patients.
Dosage forms in herbal medicine administration, Dosage forms and label preparation.
The trainees were taken on a field trip to Kampala Pharmaceutical industries (KPI). Here, they were able to familiarize and practically appreciate how capsule and tablets are made.