Is there a role for trado-medicine in the Nigerian health sector? (15)

5 January, 2019

Dr Shabina Hussein says "as far as dealing with diseases caused by acute or chronic bacterial and viral infections, metabolic dysfunction, malignant growth, any condition requiring surgery, contraception etc. modern allopathic medicine is the best way to go. Research and data to prove the efficacy of any treatment are essential."

Nobody is denying that. But the question usually is, what do you do in such cases when there is no access to "moden allopathic medicine" within 20 km or for less than $20? Nothing, or traditional medicine? In practice, it's usually the latter.

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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