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Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

About the Institute

The Institute is a Public Benefit Organisation started by the Bhikha Family Trust with the vision of assisting in the provision of effective, affordable healthcare to all members of our national family. Profits accrued by the Institute are used for social upliftment projects and increasing awareness of the Tibb philosophy through education and training.

Unani-Tibb was approved as the eleventh modality of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) in August 2001. On the 14th September 2007, the formal register for Tibb was officiated, thereby enabling Tibb doctors to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. To date, over 150 doctors have graduated from the University of the Western Cape’s School of Natural Medicine. Other than the universities in the Indian sub-continent, the training of Unani-Tibb at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town is the first university offering the training of Tibb doctors globally.

Academically, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb is supported by local universities as well as Hamdard University in Pakistan, Jamia Hamdard and Aligarh University in India. These esteemed Institutions have long been the centre of Unani-Tibb medical education on the Indian sub-continent.

The main objective of the Institute is the promotion of the training and practice of Tibb, with special emphasis on educating and empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own health. The Institute, as part of its social upliftment programme undertakes to assist the government in the search for a beneficial health care system that is effective, accessible and affordable


To participate in the promotion of social upliftment and healthcare provision locally and internationally through quality, cost-effective, integrative medicine.


In line with its vision, the Institute is committed to:

  • Education, training and development of Tibb Practitioners through tertiary institutions around the country.
  • The provision of primary health care clinics and holistic wellness centres across the country, with a special focus on underprivileged areas, thereby alleviating the conditions of the most vulnerable people of our society.
  • Developing an awareness of living a healthy lifestyle that is empowering and health embracing, through various training activities at professional and consumer level.
  • Assisting any worthy external Aid Organisation, Charity or NGO with the aim of uplifting the conditions of underprivileged communities in South Africa in the areas of healthcare, education, spiritual upliftment, food programmes etc.