NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Kenya doctor trained in China is planning to
promote the use of Chinese medicine in Kenya.
Dr Mwamaka Sharifu, who is currently pursuing doctoral studies in
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tongji Medical College of Huazhong
University of Science and Technology, told Xinhua in Nairobi that
Chinese medicine offers numerous benefits over conventional
“Chinese medicine tends to focus on the whole person and can
promotes long-term well being of the person,” Sharifu said during a
ceremony where Sino-Africa Firefly Charity donated foodstuffs to
victims of a fire that occurred in the Kibera slums.
During the event, Sharifu was appointed as an ambassador of the
Sino-Africa Firefly Charity.
“I will use the platform to promote people to people Sino-Africa
relations,” she added.
Sharifu said that Chinese medicine is even more relevant in Kenya
today because it is effective in curing and controlling
non-communicable disease whose cases are on increase.
Sharifu, 31, is of Afro-Chinese ancestry.
Over 600 years a Chinese ship sunk off the East Africa coastline
close to port of Lamu. Sharifu traces her roots to the Chinese
survivors who swam to the shore and married locals.
Her journey to study in China began in 2004, when she finished high
school and her parents could not afford to pay her fees to study in
“I decided to write a letter to the Chinese embassy in Nairobi for
scholarship to study in China,” she said.
She left for China in 2005 after receiving a scholarship to study in
the Asian nation.
Sharifu completed an undergraduate degree in Chinese medicine in
2012 and her masters three years later in Western and Chinese
The Kenyan doctor hopes to complete her doctoral studies in 2018 and
thereafter relocate to Kenya.
“I hope to work in hospitals and universities from where I will help
to increase awareness of the advantages of Chinese medicine,” she
She explained that a number of Kenyan universities have decided to
start programs in Chinese medicine.