HIV/Aids: traditional healers to work with western doctors

2009-05-05 00:00

TRADITIONAL healers will now work with Western medicine to fight the spread of HIV/Aids and will send referral letters for patients to medical doctors based on their observations.

This emerged as a group of traditional healers from around Pietermaritzburg recently graduated from a two-week course on HIV counselling.

“This training exposes traditional healers to the western concepts of confidentiality and counselling skills, in addition to what they already possess,” said researcher Mqansa Makhathini.

“It is not an attempt to change the way they practise, but to enhance their practice.” He said channels of communication must be opened to allow both systems to complement each other so that there can be effective health care service delivery.

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