31Oct 2014

Towards a holistic approach to Health Delivery Services in Zimbabwe: The Missing Link.

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The importance of traditional medicines for humans and animals in Africa both now and in the past is enormous. Diseases and illness can be attributed to natural causes or metaphysical elements arising from the anger of ancestral spirits, evil spirits or the result of witchcraft. The concept of health is grounded in the social and cultural milieu of a society. Approaching health from a single view point will inevitably lead to inadequacies. Zimbabwe like most African states appears to give priority to conventional health services whilst shunning traditional medical practices despite the great potential it holds in enhancing health services. This concept paper will highlight why traditional medicine continues to play an important role in providing health services in Zimbabwe and in most African states. It will also advocate for the holistic integration of conventional health services and traditional medicine in Zimbabwe in order to improve and strengthen health services in the country. The paper will raise some of the challenges that hinder the integration of conventional health services and traditional medicine as well as offer possible solutions to the challenges.


[Gift Rupande (2014); Towards a holistic approach to Health Delivery Services in Zimbabwe: The Missing Link. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 2 (10). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com


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