About

Botanica Ethiopia is an approved aid and development project to establish an indigenous medicinal herb garden in Fiche, a town North of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Girl in the Simean Mountains, Ethiopia. Image: Elizabeth d’Avigdor

Did you know?

  • 80% of Ethiopians rely on traditional (herbal) medicine as their primary form of health care.
  • According to the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and the United Nations, herbal medicine practice is in danger of being lost due to lack of documented knowledge, and the threatened extinction of medicinal plants.

The Project

Working with the Fiche community, local partners and Global Development Group, the Botanica Ethiopia ‘Living Pharmacy’ project focuses on how native herbs can support the health of Ethiopian families and the wider community. The project will involve local workshops to share and document traditional medicine knowledge and practices which are in danger of being forgotten. It is hoped that the herb garden will provide a model for replication elsewhere in Ethiopia, and a possible means of income generation for the Fiche community in the future.

The Living Pharmacy project is partially funded by Blackmores Ltd. and delivered in partnership with Global Development Group, an Australian NGO that carries out humanitarian projects and provides long term solutions to poverty. The project has been developed by Elizabeth d’Avigdor with support from Southern Cross University, Australia and The University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a Naturopath (Herbal Medicine and Nutrition) with over 20 years of clinical experience. Elizabeth holds a Masters of Clinical Science (Complementary Medicine) from Southern Cross University and has published research on the use of medicinal herbs in Fiche, Ethiopia in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.

Elizabeth lectures in complementary medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health and is an educator of healthcare practitioners with Blackmores Ltd.

Elizabeth’s son was adopted from Ethiopia in 1997.

About Global Development Group

Global Development Group  is  a DFAT approved NGO carrying out quality humanitarian aid and development projects with approved partners to relieve and provide long term solutions to poverty.

‘J655N  Botanica Ethiopia: A Living Pharmacy’ is an approved development project of Global Development Group. Global Development Group takes responsibility for this project according to AusAID rules, providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure that the project  is carried out to Australian requirements.

For more information about the project or to find out how you can help, contact:

Elizabeth d’Avigdor (Project Manager) edavigdor@hotmail.com

Click here for more information about Global Development Group or to make a donation  to Botanica Ethiopia.


3 Comments on “About

  1. this is very important in ethiopia since there are so many herbs that can be used for medicatons especially they can be affordable for the community.

    • Hi Dassalegn
      Thank you for your comment and I am glad to know you agree on the importance of preserving the herbs and the knowledge. Your point about the herbal medicine being affordable for the community is a very important one, as many Ethiopians use this as their primary form of health care. Do you live in Ethiopia?

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