Hi there. My name is Alastair Pirie. I graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1978 and prior to that studied Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. One of my functions here is to coordinate and oversee the activities of the Jambiani Wellness Center.
The Center is a very unique facility in this part of the world and perhaps the only one of its kind in all of Tanzania. As part of the HABS mandate to provide health care to people in need in the developing world, the Center was officially opened in January 2003 and since its inception it has provided an opportunity and venue for practitioners from all over the world to share their unique skills and healing abilities with the people of Zanzibar, the Tanzanian mainland and elsewhere. As a wellness based center, we tend to provide what is often referred to as alternative care for our patients.
Although chiropractic care has always been our primary focus, we have also played host to practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Breema Yoga, Reiki, Manual Therapy, Osteopathy and Kinesiology to name a few. At the Center, education plays a huge roll and in fact educating our patients may be just as important as the therapy itself. As in many parts of the world, many people here rely on medication to manage their symptoms however in many situations the use of medication can be reduced and frequently eliminated with appropriate care and education. That said we do see our fair share of people in the center with acute injuries be it sprains or strains, marine animal injuries, cuts and even fractures and dislocations. In these instances, we provide first aid to the best of our ability and stabilize and refer those patients who need advanced emergency care. One’s scope of practice here can be pretty broad at times and some days in the center are memorable indeed.
If you are a practitioner, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to consider volunteering with us at some point. There is a significant need here for specialized care and your participation would be broadly appreciated.