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Gambian President Claims to Cure 68 HIV Patients using Herbs



For many years, scientists and researchers across the world have been trying to find a cure for one of the world’s deadliest virus, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although these scientists say there is yet no cure for HIV and AIDS, traditional medicine practitioners have made several claims to finding the cure.

One of them who is generating some buzz on the international scene is the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.

He claims to have cured 68 patients who had HIV/AIDS in varying degrees using his secret concoction of boiled herbs. In 2007, he first announced that he had found a natural remedy to cure AIDS, stirring anger among Western medical experts who claimed he was giving false hope to the sick.

His supposed cure has not been endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. Rather, they have  have said his treatment is alarming mainly because patients are required to cease their anti-retroviral drugs which makes them more prone to infection.

But the president said recently that he has cured the seventh batch of HIV/AIDS patients undergoing his herbal remedy   since the treatments began five years ago.

Reuters reports that he said he wasn’t expecting people to praise him in a television broadcast:  “Who am I to expect that everybody would praise me. Just as the Prophet Mohammed prevailed and established Islam (…)I also prevailed to cure HIV/AIDS to the point that 68 are being discharged today,” he said.

I remember reading a similar article some weeks ago where HIV patients were warned not to stop using their anti-retroviral drugs while trying out such medicines by people who claim to have found a cure. However, it might be understandable that in the face of despair, when hope of a cure is presented to a patient, they tend to push away their trust in scientific medicine and try out the herbs.

The Gambian President is not the first person claiming to have found the cure for HIV/AIDS through traditional medicine. However, no respected worldwide health organisation like the WHO has endorsed any of such traditional cures, and so, their claims remain shrouded in mystery as the scientists continue to search for a cure that the world would accept.

On the other hand, I can’t help but wondering if some tangible results would be gotten if such organisations work together with the traditional medicine practitioners to find a cure. I’ve heard of people who have found lasting solutions to their health problems with the use of traditional medicine and herbs when orthodox medicine failed. Has the possibility of finding a cure  using a synergy of efforts of scientific researchers and traditional medicine practitioners been explored? Is it possible that the cure to this deadly disease lies in herbs?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. W

    October 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The Dictator of Gambia is a lunatic, a flesh eater, a vampire who derived pleasure in socking out the blood of innocent Gambians. Yahya Jammeh, eyes tell it all, the power hungry fool will die by licking his own wounds, He is, as far as reason is concern the most retrogressive, barbaric and backward leader that has ever come out of Africa.

  2. Concerned Native

    October 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    i believe traditional medicine can provide the cure, but i feel western scientist want it to come from them. i feel they run to lose a lot of money if people turn to traditional means. I know people who have drank mixtures of leaves and barks native doctors give them and they get better when science and western medicine failed.

  3. lagosconvo

    October 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hehehe…. Mr. Yahya Jammeh at it again. And Bella, if you were in Banjul, you would have captioned that headline differently. Maybe something in this line, “Our Lovely President Cures 68 HIV Patients using Herbs.” Or you would become his next guest for using the word ‘Claims’

  4. Awopetu

    October 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I do agree with the premise that herbs contain potent chemicals capable of inhibiting microbial growth. I have worked on Moringa oleifera and published my findings which support the claim of active ingredients in some plants. However, I do not agree that scientific landmarks should be shrouded in secrecy. Mr President should publish his findings in accordance with scientific norms and let it be peer-reviewed. If his claims are found scientifically sound and accepted, he may be on the path of a major scientific breakthrough. So Mr President Sir, kindly publish your findings. Secrecy is not scientific.

  5. Say the truth

    October 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Lie , Liar, Lahyest

  6. dimpled freak

    October 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Very interesting article, I was in Gambia last year and I spoke to a lot of the Gambian people and it is the general belief that their president has indeed found the cure for cancer. They say that there are claims that people have been cured. However he is a doctor but the problem with The Gambia is that there’s no free speech, people are scared to voice their opinion againt the president and people will always speak in favour of anything he does, how do we find out the truth when no1 can speak? Where’s the evedence? If you can cure HIV/AIDS prove it!!!!

  7. dimpled freak

    October 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Correction: AIDS/HIV (not cancer)

  8. Aisha

    October 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I believe him. Do you know that there is a particular plan that comes out only during the day time; that when boiled and drank after it cools down, it cures all kinds of malaria, fever within minute? God has given us all we’ll ever need around us. We just need to utilize it and stop using chemicals that lead to all kinds of ailments, including permanent sleep!

  9. Ralf

    October 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

    What herbs is what I wanna know..

  10. missus

    October 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I totally believe him…WHO is just a propaganda organisation set up to enslave and dumben the global society. Which medicines produced by the big pharmas and endorsed by WHO even cures diseases. All orthodox medicine do is suppress the ailment for a while. There are cures for all ailments naturally. Do you know indian hemp buds cure cancer and many other ailments? And once one starts the treatment one has to stop all orthodox medicines for it to work. But indian hemp is banned because they know the truth behind that plant. Abegi let the western people keep quiet because they have brought more heartache than progress to this world. Unknown to lots of people AIDS/HIV is a laboratory made disease they produced and spread and the reason there wont be a cure from the white man is because the disease adapts to the individual’s dna system and becomes that particular individual’s AIDS/HIV. So the cure has to be adapted to different types of body system and that is why traditional is the way to go.

  11. NSG

    October 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I hope he still has time to attend to state matters. By the way, what happened to our own Dr. Agbalaka and is HIV/AIDS cure therapy?

  12. The Gambian

    October 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    To be quite honest i am a gambian and i do believe in his cure . Kudos to all you Nigerians giving props to him and conveying positivity in my homeland . This is the first time i have seen positive comments about our President on the internet . This made me feel good.

  13. Miss Gambia

    October 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

    As a Gambian (and I know I can speak for some of my country men) I feel some of you won’t be able to comprehend the constant feeling of shame that this foolish autocratic thieving human Allah has chosen to govern us. He has not cured anyone. The first batch of patients he claimed to have cured died within 2 months of their release. He hasn’t found any cure but as they say the mad people are not restricted to the confines mental asylums but are living in normal society in our case as our president.

  14. Miss Gambia

    October 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The Gambian are you for real? Do you think this is good advertisement of homeland? Do you think this gives YOUR esteemed president any credibility.
    My friend remove your head out sand you have buried it in or wake up if you are still in your slumber.

  15. pynk

    October 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    All drugs have components that are made from herbs, just synthesized versions. So his claim isnt exactly far fetched – meaning some key ingredients in the herbs might be the key ones in HIV drugs.

  16. nakshatra

    October 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Herbs have lot of key ingredients in them, which cure us from lot of diseases……
    “go green” is something what I love to say.But like to see his results published for the world.

  17. VJ

    October 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Considering that there is supposedly already a drug in existence that can cure cancer, that’s avaiable over the counter but that is being kept quiet so as not to lose people money (the same has been said about a clean fuel that someone was paid off not to release for the same reasons) and also that many illnesses have been drastically helped or cured by certain herbs (such as cayenne in heart attack cases) I think it’s entirely possible and likely that herbal or other cures could indeed exist as if they did, there’s no way they’d want to lose money pedalling expensive drugs by telling us. Whether this man has found a cure, though, I’m not sure. I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about the countrys politics and any possible political reasons (like their stance on LGBT people or religion etc) to make such claims: all possible motives to be taken into account when questioning someones claims. As for whether I hope he found a cure: of course I hope so!

  18. SR

    October 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t know if this guy has cured anything. But what I do know is that scientists have NOT been looking for a cure. They have been looking for treatments. There is a huge difference between the two. And even if scientists came up with a cure, do you really think drug companies would release it? There’s more profit to be made from selling treatments over and over, then from curing someone and never getting their money again.

  19. Native Boi

    October 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    @Concerned Native, I agree. io do believe that cures can be found in simple herbs however people now-a-days are so convinced of their knowledge that they cant even conduct an experiment to see if some chemical compound in some of these ” cures” the close mindedness of some people gets in the way of things that could monumentally change the world and they are so wrapped up in what they believe to even consider it

  20. jujubob

    October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Somehow, “rational” human beings made this man their president

  21. jujubob

    October 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Somehow, “rational” human beings elected this man their president

  22. HAKEEM

    November 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Dere’s no disease dat as no cure unless it has nt yet b found.I think d WHO should joined hands wit him,if dey are really concern abt d health of d people.I knw nothing is hidden 4rm d creator-GOD.

  23. zola

    December 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    we african we have problem it’s about beleive,i can say it’s truth what the Gambian president claim but i’m going to say some thing here,i know one couple the women wos tested hiv positif after that she try to kill are self but she diding die with cd4 100 she started taking AVR with all the problem she have developing aid she discover some one who treat peoples with herb and are live changed to day if some told that she is hiv positif you will say no and the man after 2 years he start geting seak and him as well start taking the treatment with herb without taking avr to day tow of them are 100% ok without any problem. i’m not sure about a cure but you can live a very long life with hiv ( THE PEOPLE WHO MADE HIV VIRUS ARE VERY CLAIVER AND THERE CAN”T LET ANY ONE STAND ON THE ARE WAY )

  24. Sandra Jones

    August 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all HIV patient in the world i never believed that there could be any complete cure for HIV or any cure for HIV,i saw people’s testimony on blog sites of how DR ABAI prepare herbal cure and brought them back to life again. i had to try it too. and you can,t believe that in just 7 days i started using his herbal medicine. and all my pains stop gradually and i had to leave without the antiretroviral therapy which my medical doctor gave to me. i went to the hospital to do a checkup, the result came out and i tested HIV NEGATIVE. I’m sharing this with you, because i believe there’s someone out here who also desire to have this cure. feel free and contact Dr Abai, delay in treatment leads to death. visit Dr Abai website:

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