Traditional Healing, Biomedicine and the Treatment of HIV/AIDS: Contrasting South African and Native American Experiences

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Abstract

Traditional healing remains an important aspect of many people’s engagement with healthcare and, in this, responses to the treatment of HIV/AIDS are no different. However, given the gravity of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, there has been much debate as to the value of traditional healing in this respect. Accordingly, this paper explores the extent to which meaningful accommodation between the biomedical and traditional sectors is possible (and/or even desirable). It does this through a consideration of Native American and South African experiences, looking at how the respective groups, in which medical pluralism is common, have addressed the issue of HIV/AIDS. The paper points to the importance of developing “culturally appropriate” forms of treatment that emphasise complementary rather than adversarial engagement between the traditional and biomedical systems and how policymakers can best facilitate this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4321-4339
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2015

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 13/04/2015

Keywords

  • traditional healing
  • biomedicine
  • Native American
  • South African
  • HIV/AIDS
  • ART

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