Many Ugandans are snapping up products from Chinese herbalist TIENS, seeing their well-stocked and well-staffed stores as an attractive alternative to the overburdened public health-care system. But there’s a hitch — the “medicines” don’t work. Loyalists swear by them, and the “pharmacists” punt them as replacements for Western medicine with no side effects, but doctors are up in arms. Not only are the products dangerous, but many locals are lured into becoming distributors, who buy the products wholesale and unsuccessfully attempt to sell them. TIENS has 200,000 Ugandan members, but few are any healthier or wealthier as a result.
Source: Think Africa Press