Traditional medicine in contemporary Ghana : A public policy analysis.
Discourses on the future of traditional medicine in Africa and other indigenous societies often assume government recognition and integration into the formal health care systems.
There is very little attempt, however, to understand the contexts in which the knowledge and practice of traditional medicine are currently reproduced, let alone the social, economic and cultural factors that determine consumer choices.
Based on the participant observation combined with in-depth interview method, a longitudinal study was designed to determine the longer term trends in the reproduction of the knowledge and practice of traditional medicine in contemporary Ghana.
This preliminary report covers :
socio-economic conditions of the typical village practitioner ;
their belief systems and how that affects practise orientation ;
and perceptions as to whether traditional medicine could be taught and practised as part of the formal health care sector.
This paper highlights some of the key issues which policy-makers may wish to explore with regard to the future of traditional medicine in Ghana and other African countries. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine traditionnelle, Intégration, Système santé, Accessibilité, Soin, Evolution, Politique sanitaire, Homme, Ghana, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Folk medicine, Integration, Health system, Accessibility, Care, Evolution, Health policy, Human, Ghana, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0440815
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 03/02/1998.