PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Amy Bobbins
 
Comments: 0
Article views: 349
 
 
 

Higher education's role to decolonise health care

17 March 2017, 11:33

What has previously surfaced in the media and is a topic fresh on the mind of any progressive-thinking passionate health care professional is the need for the decolonisation of the medical sciences curricula in South Africa.  Finally people are getting the idea - to become health professionals effective within the fairly unique South African context, we need to be educated in a way that prepares us for a future in service to patients within the context of South African communities. The alignment of curricula with the decolonisation agenda will reap great benefits for the currently fragmented and heavily- challenged South African health care system.

Firstly, there is a major misconception that healthcare and science curricula cannot be decolonised. This is absolutely false and moving forward with decolonised curricula is absolutely crucial for the way forward for South African health systems. The training of health care professionals at an adequate standard is essential to providing quality care and patient satisfaction and is critical in providing care that reduces morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, training health professionals in our unique South African and African context is equally crucial to provide care that is context-specific and culture-sensitive to those benefiting from the care of health professionals.

Moving forward, some major aspects need to be incorporated into the training of health care professionals. Firstly the link between social determinants of health, socioeconomic factors and inequalities need to be reiterated within all curricula of medical students and other health professionals involved in the health care team. Moving forward cognisant of relative strategies to combat health inequalities contextualized to the South African situation and particularly to South Africa’s history are essential to contribute to the provision of equitable access to healthcare for all communities, both rural and urban, both educated and uneducated and both health literate and health illiterate.

Acknowledging our sources of knowledge is absolutely essential. Current curricula rely heavily, if not solely, on Western medicine focused on mainly a biomedical approach to treatment. During the colonisation of many parts of our world, indigenous thinking with regard to health was stamped out, deemed inferior to Western medicine and has thus not been developed on a large scale to combat illness. Instead, Western medicine has triumphed over these due to having the backing of Western pharmaceutical companies and institutions pouring in financial support into Research and Development (R&D) to line the pockets of company shareholders. In South Africa we have a wealth of understanding involving indigenous health knowledge and practice that has been used to preserve and promote life for many years. Within Africa we see a further continuum of indigenous health knowledge that can be tapped into to provide context-specific and culturally-sensitive care to our people. Treating African communities with purely Western biomedical methods and Western frames of reference is not ideal and an incorporation of indigenous knowledge into our methods of health care provision is essential in moving forward. A shift is required that involves the liberation of African health concepts and that deconstructs the Western ideas that currently cripple this valuable wealth of knowledge.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Revelgen
The real idea behind EFF's latest...

You can just see the thoughts turning around in Malema's mind. 'We're getting too low a profile'. 'Too near the ANC in our ideologyear'. We better get in the public eye again. Read more...

0 comments 2215 views
Government fiddles whilst Cape To...

Whilst we have been wracking our brains and having sleepless nights over the water crisis in Cape Town, it would have been appropriate for emergency cabinet meetings to be taking place. Read more...

0 comments 881 views
Submitted by
Giel Bekker
#Overvaal: Stop painting with bro...

People are tired of political correctness and everything and everybody being the same. The CNN vs Trump duel is testimony of that. Read more...

0 comments 2870 views
#Overvaal: Afrikaans may not be p...

Afrikaans must enjoy protection but not to the disadvantage of the indigenous people of this land.  Read more...

0 comments 816 views
Submitted by
Joann Bergstrom
#Overvaal: Leaders need to get se...

Racism is not going away in a hurry and will probably be here for another 150 years. We need to focus on something else, writes Joann BergstromRead more...

0 comments 501 views
Submitted by
Fowzia Abrahams
#Overvaal: Mzansi can't just belo...

How can we tell a black child that Mzansi is home to all of us when it still feels like just ours and "ons s'n", asks Fowzia AbrahamsRead more...

0 comments 619 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2018 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.