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Titolo:
Traditional healers in Zambia and their care for patients with urethral/vaginal discharge
Autore:
Ndulo, J; Faxelid, E; Krantz, I;
Indirizzi:
Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Div Int Hlth, IHCAR, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Inst Stockholm Sweden S-17176 HCAR, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden Univ Zambia, Sch Med, Dept Post Basic Nursing, Lusaka, Zambia Univ ZambiaLusaka Zambia Med, Dept Post Basic Nursing, Lusaka, Zambia Karolinska Inst, Dept Women & Child Hlth, Div Reprod & Perinatal Hlth Care, Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Inst Stockholm Sweden Perinatal Hlth Care, Stockholm, Sweden Skaraborgsinst, Skovde, Sweden Skaraborgsinst Skovde SwedenSkaraborgsinst, Skovde, Sweden
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
fascicolo: 5, volume: 7, anno: 2001,
pagine: 529 - 536
SICI:
1075-5535(200110)7:5<529:THIZAT>2.0.ZU;2-S
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
RURAL ZAMBIA; DISEASES; SERVICES;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
21
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Faxelid, E Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Div Int Hlth, IHCAR, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Inst Stockholm Sweden S-17176 76 Stockholm, Sweden
Citazione:
J. Ndulo et al., "Traditional healers in Zambia and their care for patients with urethral/vaginal discharge", J ALTERN C, 7(5), 2001, pp. 529-536

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the knowledge and practices of traditional healers in relation to the management of patients with urethral/vaginal discharge. Subjects and method: Eighty (80) traditional healers, 54 from an urban and26 from a rural setting in Zambia, who attend to patients with urethral/vaginal discharge, were interviewed using a semistructured questionnaire. Result: All of the traditional healers had knowledge of urethral/vaginal discharge being a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and that individuals get the infection through sexual relations with infected persons. The healers were all able to cite other symptoms associated with urethral/vaginal discharge. The treatment the healers used was mostly herbal preparations in the form of roots or powders administered orally to induce diarrhea, vomiting,, and diuresis. Patients were not allowed to combine traditional and biomedical therapies. Almost half of the healers did apply some biomedical practices in the management of patients with urethral/vaginal discharge, such as history taking and examination of patients before diagnosis and prescription. The healers also advised patients to avoid sex while on treatment and to avoid reinfection by remaining with one partner and using condoms. Some healers advised their patients to bring their sexual partners for consultation. Conclusion: Because traditional healers attend to patients with STDs, bothin rural and urban areas, efforts should be made to promote cooperation between traditional and biomedical health care providers, so that treatment of patients and their partners could be improved. Traditional management that concurs with biomedical practices could thus be a starting point for discussion and cooperation.

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