Treatment received by children who visit traditional healers

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dc.contributor.author Ayibor, Prosper Kwame
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-24T10:58:37Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-24T10:58:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-24T10:58:37Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7466
dc.description M.Sc. (Med.), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract One hundred caregivers/parents were interviewed in the survey to find out treatments children who visited the traditional healers received and the outcome of such treatments, fees paid and motivation for soliciting the services of traditional healers. The mean age of respondents was 28.8 years and 22.4 months for children. Seventy five percent of respondents visited the traditional healer voluntarily while 25% were pressurised by family. The majority of respondents (70%) sent their children to the traditional healers for treatment for either inyoni (sunken anterior fontanel) or ibala (capillary naevus). Six-four percent of the children were given oral herbal preparations, 57% had scarification while others had talisman/amulet for protection. Seventy-five percent of the children recovered after visiting the traditional healers. Six-three percent of the caregivers/parents were satisfied with the treatment received and expressed their willingness to visit again. Recommendations have been offered to improve collaboration between western medical and traditional medical practices for the benefit of children. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject traditional healers en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.title Treatment received by children who visit traditional healers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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