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Free Content A traditional healers’ training model in rural Nepal: strengthening their roles in community health

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In this paper, we evaluated a western medical training model for traditional healers (THs) in rural Nepal. We used semi-structured interviews to compare 48 trainees with 30 randomly selected untrained THs, 1 year after the training was completed. We asked them about their knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of common illnesses and HIV/AIDS, and their relationship with government health workers (GHWs) in the area. Nine GHWs were also interviewed about their perceptions of THs. We found that trained THs had a better knowledge of allopathic medicine, practised modern treatment using first aid kits, and were more likely to refer patients to GHWs. They also improved their relationships with the GHWs. Up-scaling this model is a challenge for improving community health care in Nepal in the future.

Keywords: Nepal; community health; human resource development; traditional healers

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.2003.01094.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of International Community Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2: The College of Public Health, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand 3: Primary Health Care Project, GTZ, Kathmandu, Nepal 4: Department of Clinical Laboratory, International Medical Center of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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