Dossier November 2015

Traditional medicine and modern medicine

The modern or conventional medicine health care system has been described as the ‘Western model’ based on historical origin and the way it is practiced. Historically conventional medicine is regarded as having originated from the western parts of the world and the way it is practiced is to ensure that one’s condition is diagnosed to…

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Traditional healers

In Central and East Africa, the term most commonly used for a traditional healer is ng’anga. No one can doubt the fundamental role that this occupation still has in the field of health and health services in African societies. It is hard to define a ng’anga: he is a doctor, when he cures a disease;…

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African Traditional Medicine – Healing the Body and the Spirit

When we talk about health and disease in Africa, we need to consider the cultural context in which  they  occur. What does ‘being sick’ mean to an African? It is not a simple issue. Traditional medicine and  traditional healers play key roles in African society. In this context, diseases do not affect only individuals but,…

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Herbal medicine and health care

In Africa, the role of herbal medicine in primary health care cannot be underestimated and its knowledge has been passed on through generations in a complex way. Traditionally, such important knowledge is passed on to the first-born sons or to other trustworthy persons in the community. In the process, the person inheriting the knowledge will…

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SDGs advocacy from UN to the Grassroots.

In 2000, the United Nations (UN) held a Millennium Summit and in its Millennium Declaration adopted the eight international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.…

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The Lion, Jackal and Man

It so happened one day that Lion and Jackal came together to converse on affairs of land and state. Jackal, let me say, was the most…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. The Voice of the Planet.

The students are on the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that is wrecking…

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