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Title:Constructing collaborative processes between traditional, religious, and biomedical health practitioners in Cameroon
Authors:Wamba, André
Groleau, Danielle
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:health care
traditional medicine
healing rites
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol21num2/wamba_groleau.pdf
Abstract:After the World Health Organization conference of 1978, all African countries officially recognized traditional medicine as a partner of biomedical medicine, and collaboration between biomedical doctors, healers, exorcists, priests and prophets has emerged in most countries. In Cameroon, however, no formal collaboration exists between traditional and biomedical medicine. This study, which is based on field research conducted in Yaoundé in 2006, examines potential strategies of collaboration and exchange between the different medical sectors. The results indicate that biomedical practitioners and priests expressed reluctance to build reciprocal relationships with traditional healers and prophets. The authors argue that this reluctance derives from the social, ideological and political order Africans inherited from colonialism. They suggest appropriate strategies that can be used to overcome resistance and increase collaboration. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]