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Beyond Western Medicine: Traditional and Alternative Care in Africa and Canada.

AMREF works with traditional healers in South Africa to improve health, with a focus on HIV/AIDS and TB.

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Beyond Western Medicine powerpoint final

  1. 1. BEYOND WESTERN MEDICINETraditional and Alternative Care in Africa &Canadapresented byAMREF’S Coffeehouse Speakers Series onglobal developmentfeaturingDr. Heather Boon,Katie Smith andJette James of AMREF Canada’s Board ofDirectors
  2. 2. Quotable“Medicine has long decried acupuncture, homeopathy, and thelike as dangerous nonsense that preys on the gullible. Againand again, carefully controlled studies have shown alternativemedicine to work no better than a placebo. But now manydoctors admit that alternative medicine often seems to do abetter job of making patients well, and at a much lower cost,than mainstream care—and they’re trying to learn from it. ”-David H. FreedmanThe Atlantic, “The Triumph of New-Age Medicine”, July 2011Source:
  3. 3. Did you know?“In some Asian and African countries, 80% ofthe population depend on traditional medicinefor primary health care.”Source:
  4. 4. Stand of a traditional healer in an open market in Accra, capital of Ghana – Pgallert, Wikimedia Commons
  5. 5. Did you know?In South Africa the most commonly trustedtraditional healers are Diviners.“…diviners or spirit mediums combine the role of herbalistwith the role of psychotherapist, community historian, priest,council and judge and they are believed to have a closerrelationship or to be in constant communication with theancestral spirits.”Source: “Perceptions of Traditional Healers in collaborating with biomedical health workers in HIV/TB Program” by Boniface Hlabano
  6. 6. Did you know?Source: torontoibogainecentre.caTraditional medicines used by Bwiti practitioners in WestAfrica have been adopted in Canada to help treataddiction to hard drugs such as heroine. Specifically, thepsychoactive compound Ibogaine—a hallucinogenicderived from the root of the Tabernanthe iboga plant—has been found to be highly effective. Toronto is home toOntario’s first Ibogaine facility.
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  8. 8. QuotableSource:“Ayahuasca shows you very clearly the psychologicalbaggage that you’ve carried all your life…and if you see thisbaggage, then you can put it down...”- Dr. Gabor MatéDr. Maté has worked as an addictions doctor in Vancouver’s DowntownEast Side for over a decade, combining the use of Western medicine withtraditional medicine, including the use of the hallucinogen Ayahuasca,which is found in the Peruvian Amazon
  9. 9. Did you know?South Africa’s National Drug Policy incorporatestraditional medicine use into the country’s healthsector—made official in the 2007 TraditionalHealers Act—encouraging traditional healers andmainstream health professionals to cooperate andwork together.Source: “Perceptions of Traditional Healers in collaborating with biomedical health workers in HIV/TB Program” by Boniface Hlabano
  10. 10. A traditional healer of the Shona people of Zimbabwe – Hans Hillewaert
  11. 11. From 2002 to 2013, the Canadian InternationalDevelopment Agency has operated a “StrengtheningTraditional Health Systems” project, supporting thework of the World Health Organization’s RegionalOffice for Africa (AFRO). Part of the project exploreshow traditional medicine could be used to addressmalaria in sub-Saharan Africa.Did you know?Source:
  12. 12. Did you know?The open access African Journal of Traditional,Complementary and Alternative medicines was foundedin 2004, and is dedicated to publishing “exciting researchin all areas of applied medical plants, Traditionalmedicines, Complementary Alternative Medicines, foodand agricultural technologies, and promotion of healthyuse of medicinal products.”Source: