Bridging the divide – anthropologist/sangoma challenges delegates

Chris Bateman


With nearly 80% of South Africans first seeking help from Amagqirha (isiXhosa for traditional diviner-healers) before seeing Western medicine practitioners, collaboration across the healing divide holds huge promise for stemming the AIDS tide.
Dr Jo Wreford, an anthropologist, architect and qualified sangoma, told delegates at the 5th Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) conference at Gallagher Estate on 2 December last year that accredited traditional healers who were qualified in HIV counselling were already making a difference.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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South African Medical Journal 2010;100(2):80-81.

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Date submitted: 2009-12-14
Date published: 2010-01-29

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