Integrating traditional medical knowledge into mainstream healthcare (2)

4 July, 2018

Dear Neil,

Thank you for sharing the abstract of this paper.

It looks quite interesting. I agree with the authors that the harms of traditional medical practice are very well documented and the benefits rather less. This imbalance creates a frustration especially to the peoples who are deprived by one way or the other from the conventional medical practice. As we are moving into an era of evidence based in conventional medicine, we realise that there are many practices even here ( not only in traditional medical practice) which are obviously not recommended. Medical error and to some extend medical malpractices are becoming common place in weak health systems( mostly in developing countries).

I also agree with the authors that traditional healing should be integrated into the mainstream health system (particularly of countries with a weak conventional health system).

Best.

HIFA profile: Armand Seraphin Nkwescheu is a Public Health Consultant at the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology. Professional interests: Road traffic injury, Neglected Tropical Diseases with emphasis on snakebites and envenoming, Non communicable Diseases, Health systems and Development Evaluation. nkwesch AT yahoo.com