News about Quansah’s remote clinic spread quickly and today, people walk for miles on jungle trails in order to access its services. The first year 852 patients were treated. Since its opening, the clinic has treated thousands of patients, some coming from towns as far away as 130 kilometers (80.8 miles).
The use of local medicinal plants in the treatment of certain diseases at the Ambodisakoana clinic has helped the Malagasy people to understand the importance of saving these plants. Many are being cultivated in the clinic’s medicinal garden to ensure they won’t disappear if destroyed in the wild. In addition to running the clinic, Quansah has also taught courses on ethnobotany at the University of Antananarivo. Originally from Ghana, Quansah has a Doctorate in philosophy and a Master’s in botany. For many years, his work in linking health with the environment was done in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature International in Madagascar.