Medicine, African Traditional

Publication Title: 
Cahiers De Sociologie Et De Demographie Medicales

In Algeria, the official health policy is based on a constant principle: the implementation of a health care system patterned on the Western model. As the country is rooted in a non-Western tradition, two paradigms are competing. The article is aimed at measuring the degree of adhesion given to each paradigm (and system of reference) by the people. In short its objective is to determine how a patient believes respectively in the "western" medicine and the "traditional" on and how he accepts they coexist for alleviating his sufferings.

Author(s): 
Merzouk, M.
Publication Title: 
Cahiers De Sociologie Et De Demographie Medicales

In Algeria, the official health policy is based on a constant principle: the implementation of a health care system patterned on the Western model. As the country is rooted in a non-Western tradition, two paradigms are competing. The article is aimed at measuring the degree of adhesion given to each paradigm (and system of reference) by the people. In short its objective is to determine how a patient believes respectively in the "western" medicine and the "traditional" on and how he accepts they coexist for alleviating his sufferings.

Author(s): 
Merzouk, M.
Publication Title: 
Malaria Journal

BACKGROUND: The current malaria control strategy of WHO centres on early diagnosis and prompt treatment using effective drugs. Children with severe malaria are often brought late to health facilities and traditional health practitioners are said to be the main cause of treatment delay. In the context of the Rectal Artesunate Project in Tanzania, the role of traditional healers in the management of severe malaria in children was studied.

Author(s): 
Makundi, Emmanuel A.
Malebo, Hamisi M.
Mhame, Paulo
Kitua, Andrew Y.
Warsame, Marian
Publication Title: 
PloS One

OBJECTIVES: Preparatory to a community trial investigating how best to deliver rectal artesunate as pre-referral treatment for severe malaria; local understanding, perceptions of signs/symptoms of severe malaria and treatment-seeking patterns for and barriers to seeking biomedical treatment were investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: 19 key informant interviews, 12 in-depth interviews and 14 focus group discussions targeting care-givers, opinion leaders, and formal and informal health care providers were conducted.

Author(s): 
Warsame, Marian
Kimbute, Omari
Machinda, Zena
Ruddy, Patricia
Melkisedick, Majaha
Peto, Thomas
Ribeiro, Isabela
Kitua, Andrew
Tomson, Göran
Gomes, Melba
Publication Title: 
African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Traditional healers have been an established source of health care delivery in Africa for centuries while Christian religious healers (193 traditional healers and 99 Christian religious healers) with respect to infertility and some other fertility-related issues. The findings show that both types of healers believe that infertility is most commonly due to the past life of the woman, physical problems related to the womb or to male potency, and imcompatibity between the man and the woman. Traditional healers also believed that being bewitched or being cursed can lead to infertility.

Author(s): 
Obisesan, K. A.
Adeyemo, A. A.
Publication Title: 
Curationis

The purpose of the study was to assess the concepts and treatment modalities for diabetes among traditional and faith healers in the Northern Province in South Africa. The sample consisted of 50 traditional healers (13 females and 37 males) and 50 faith healers (12 females and 38 males). They were interviewed on local terminology, clinical manifestations, causes, curability, and treatment for diabetes, help-seeking behaviour of diabetes patients, and the healers' sources of information about diabetes.

Author(s): 
Peltzer, K.
Khoza, L. B.
Lekhuleni, M. E.
Madu, S. N.
Cherian, V. I.
Cherian, L.
Publication Title: 
Health Care for Women International

In this article I examine a Senegalese woman's experience in selecting treatments for infertility. A critical-interpretive approach is employed to place in context this woman's therapy selection process. Treatments are revealed through illness narrative, interviews, and participant observation. This case study illustrates the variability of choices available and the factors influencing the selection of different therapies over time. These factors include availability of different therapies as well as the meanings of infertility and the therapies.

Author(s): 
Seybold, Dara
Publication Title: 
Curationis

The purpose of the study was to assess the concepts and treatment modalities for diabetes among traditional and faith healers in the Northern Province in South Africa. The sample consisted of 50 traditional healers (13 females and 37 males) and 50 faith healers (12 females and 38 males). They were interviewed on local terminology, clinical manifestations, causes, curability, and treatment for diabetes, help-seeking behaviour of diabetes patients, and the healers' sources of information about diabetes.

Author(s): 
Peltzer, K.
Khoza, L. B.
Lekhuleni, M. E.
Madu, S. N.
Cherian, V. I.
Cherian, L.
Publication Title: 
Health Care for Women International

In this article I examine a Senegalese woman's experience in selecting treatments for infertility. A critical-interpretive approach is employed to place in context this woman's therapy selection process. Treatments are revealed through illness narrative, interviews, and participant observation. This case study illustrates the variability of choices available and the factors influencing the selection of different therapies over time. These factors include availability of different therapies as well as the meanings of infertility and the therapies.

Author(s): 
Seybold, Dara
Publication Title: 
Santé (Montrouge, France)

To begin a renewal of national health policy in Cameroon, a steering committee from the Cameroon Ministry of Health and its partners sought to analyze health demand through a national population survey and supply capacity through a national survey of retail drug stores. A survey of healthcare consumers was also conducted. The present publication describes the results of the population survey. It measured perceived, rather than objective (diagnosed), morbidity.

Author(s): 
Commeyras, Christophe
Ndo, Jean Rolin
Merabet, Omar
Kone, Hamidou
Rakotondrabe, Faraniaina Patricia

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