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Traditional Medicine Policy

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There has been intense public health debate in many parts of the world. The focus is to determine the most appropriate official policy towards traditional medicines. Some countries have policies that discourage traditional medicines, while others have supportive policies. The majority of countries do not have official policies and have simply left traditional medicines to [&hellip... more →

Serious Science

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In this 2003 report by CWIS associate scholar Anke Weisheit, traditional medicine in contemporary Uganda is examined as, “a complex combination of activities, order of knowledge, beliefs, and customs.” In this article announcing an award for developing herbal medicine and preserving traditional knowledge, Anke observes that these locally produced remedies are “serious science.&#... more →

Stopping HIV/AIDS in Africa

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In Ghana there are few orthodox medical practitioners and many traditional healers. By some estimates for every orthodox medical partitioner there are 200,000 people and for every traditional healer there are 200 people. Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah strongly supported and facilitated government policy for the dominant role of traditional healers in Ghanaian [&hellip... more →

Chronic Disease and the pill that poisons

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Many Fourth World nations have experienced an explosive growth of chronic diseases in their populations. Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and suicide along with alcoholism and conventional and illicit drug addiction now top the list of killers in Mexico’s indigenous villages, on US reservations and Canadian reserves. Where Mexican communities had no diabetes or heart [&hellip... more →

Convergent Responders

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In this article, CWIS associate scholar Janaka Jayawickrama (of the Trauma Risk Reduction Programme Disaster and Development Centre at Northumbria University) wrote about his experience organizing relief in the wake of the Sri Lanka Tsunami. He also participated in producing a remarkable Rapid Assessment Report organized by a group of young indigenous volunteers that was [&hellip... more →

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