Doctors call on Canadian government to stop funding programme sending homeopaths to Honduras

pharmafile | March 4, 2019 | News story | Sales and Marketing Canada, Hodnuras, Quebec, TSF, health, homeopathy 

Canadian physicians have called on the federal government to review its funding for a programme which sends volunteer homeopaths to Honduras.

Since 2015, the Quebec-based non-profit Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) has been spending $70,000 in aid money from the Government of Canada body Global Affairs Canada on sending more than a dozen homeopaths to Honduras.

The homeopaths are claim they can treat Chagas disease and other serious infectious diseases.

Dr Zain Chaglas, a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, commented: “There is no evidence that what they’re using is anything more than diluted water. It’s a placebo, and we’re talking about a disease that can again kill and cause a significant amount of scarring down the line.”

Homeopathy, a pseudoscientific system of alternative medicine developed by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, has been widely discredited.

Dr Benjamin Klein, a paediatrician who is a member of the Canada-Honduras Children’s Health Initiative argued that the government should stop funding the programme.

“It’s quackery. From a Canadian point of view, it’s also very concerning that you know our reputation might be compromised and people might look on our team with suspicion,” Klein said.

Louis Goss

Related Content

Canada first country to authorise Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12-15

Canada has become the first country to authorise the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for …


Canada secures 26,000 doses of Lilly therapy to treat COVID-19 in $32.5m deal

The Canadian Government has partnered up with Eli Lilly to secure 26,000 doses of the …


Canadian approval for Reblozyl for transfusion-dependent anaemia in beta-thalassemia patients

Bristol Myers Squibb and Acceleron have managed to secure regulatory approval in Canada for Reblozyl …

Latest content