Reconciling the Irreconcilable? HIV/AIDS and the Potential for Middle Ground Between the Traditional and Biomedical Healthcare Sectors in South Africa

Adrian G Flint, Jill R Payne

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Abstract

This article analyses, from a policymaking perspective, the continued recourse to
South Africa’s thriving traditional healthcare sector, which operates in tandem
with the country’s relatively well-developed biomedical healthcare sector. It
considers the traditional healthcare sector’s potential to impact on orthodox
approaches to the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS, including the uptake
of antiretroviral therapy. It highlights the urgent necessity of more thorough
engagement between the traditional and biomedical sectors, particularly where
supernatural elements – an integral part of much traditional diagnosis and
treatment – are concerned. The challenge for policymakers is how best to
facilitate an effective means of meaningfully accommodating potentially
conflicting traditional cosmologies within the formal healthcare infrastructure.
However, although the achievement of this would represent a vital step towards
a more effective overall approach to South Africa’s HIV/AIDS pandemic, this
article queries whether it is indeed feasible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-68
Number of pages21
JournalForum for Development Studies
Volume40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • healthcare; HIV/AIDS; policymaking; South Africa; syncretism;

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