Training designed to improve AIDS knowledge, attitude, and practice was delivered to 96 traditional healers in the Central African Republic.
The training (17 to 36 hours) was conducted by traditional healers with the assistance of staff from the Ministry of Health.
Training included the following topics :
prevention of HIV transmission during traditional practice ;
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases ;
condom promotion ;
AIDS education at the community level ;
psychosocial support for people with AIDS ;
and promotion of positive image for traditional healers.
The evaluation of the training consisted of prospective assessment of knowledge and attitude immediately prior to and after training.
These assessments were conducted using structured interviews.
Improvement in knowledge and/or attitudes was observed in all areas assessed except for prevention of HIV transmission during traditional practice.
We concluded that AIDS training can be successfully delivered to traditional healers.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Homme, République centrafricaine, Afrique, Prévention, Guérisseur, Médecine traditionnelle, Programme sanitaire, Formation professionnelle, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Human, Central African Republic, Africa, Prevention, Healer, Folk medicine, Sanitary program, Occupational training, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0092344
Code Inist : 002B05C02D. Création : 31/05/1999.