Devil’s medicine or complementary care? Biomedical beliefs and practices amongst traditional health practitioners in South Africa

There is strong evidence that the use of traditional health products and services is common in

Southern Africa, including for people living with HIV. This evidence focuses on patients who practice medical pluralism. However, less attention has been placed on the ways that traditional healers engage with biomedical products and practices, and the knowledge and beliefs that inform such engagements.

In order to provide patients with more complete, culturally relevant and holistic healthcare, it is crucial for policy makers and practitioners to gain insight into the different ways that traditional health practitioners work within the current biomedical paradigm. This seminar will share insights into the variety of biomedical beliefs and practices amongst traditional health practitioners, presenting commonly held strategies in the form of case studies.

Lesley Gittings is a doctoral student with AIDS and Society Research Unit and the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 -
12:50 to 14:00
Venue: 

Centre for Social Science Research Seminar Room 4.29 Leslie Social Science Research,Upper Campus

Contact Information: 

Nondumiso Hlwele

dumi.hlwele@uct.ac.za

021 650 4656

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