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Snakebite - Engaging Traditional Healers

In Zimbabwe there are a lot of snake bite especially at the beginning of rain season. Many people lose lives due to delays mostly in seeking modern medicines. There is need to involve those in traditional medicine practice to come up with standardized care.
 

Factors influencing implementation of interventions to promote birth preparedness and complication readiness

Background: The recent WHO report on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health recommends birth preparedness and complications readiness interventions to increase the use of skilled care at birth and to increase timely use of facility care for obstetric and newborn complications. However, these interventions are complex and relate strongly to the context in which they are implemented. In this article we explore factors to consider when implementing these interventions.

GSMA: The Impact of Mobile on People’s Happiness and Well-Being

Over the past two years we have examined the impact of mobile technology among a sample of smallholder farmers and traders in Zimbabwe. One of our findings indicates the extent to which mobile phones have become so addictive in ways that undermine relationships and even potential income. If a poor farmer spends the equivalent of a goat to buy airtime monthly but cannot see the value of the information gained through calling or sms, it's difficult to conclude that mobile phones are beneficial.  In most cases, those using mobile phones regularly have not moved out of poverty better than those

Indigenous medicine and biomedical health care in fragile settings: insights from Burundi

As many anthropological and sociological studies have shown, there are multiple factors contributing to different health-care seeking patterns. Many times, tradicional/ alternative/ complementary medicine is sought precisely because people are not happy with biomedical responses to their situation or considers it more harmful and less effective - depending on the situations - than other approaches to their health problems. And this is not based on 'beliefs', but on their actual experiences.

Indigenous medicine and biomedical health care in fragile settings: insights from Burundi

Taking a collective learning research approach could generate more useful insights on this important issue. The fragmentation of practical medical knowledge suggests we can generate more progress by looking at medical knowledge as a nested set rather than as a hierarchy. At the moment, medical practice is researched and presented as competition between modern medical health practices and traditional medical practices, with an expectation for modern medicine to win this 'Olympic' competition.

re - Indigenous medicine and biomedical health care in fragile settings: insights from Burundi

Two University Dons/academics differed on the question of the causes of cancer, particularly whether cancer can be caused by 'evil spirits'?- one was categoric that there is no such causality whilst the other said there is!

So long as such ambivalence remains in the very place (university) that the public look to for answers to this type of critical questions, confusion shall continue to reign - the public will continue to delay their access to evidence proven health service by going to little researched and understood traditional medicine practitioners / herbalists etc. 

Allowing moms to self-weigh babies in BF support group

I agree very much with Nicholas Cunningham on the importance of involving mothers -- and older siblings and schoolchildren -- in the use and understanding of growth monitoring, using a clear, graphic, easy-to-use "Road to Health" chart. In remote rural areas of Mexico a lot of families with children live in isolated small farms far away from a health post.

Allowing moms to self-weigh babies in BF support group

Growth monitoring and regular developmental assessments are key components of what all parents need in order to rest assured that their infants and toddlers are on track or, if not, so that they can intervene early on, before any deviations affect the child's future.

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