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

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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. 

Increasingly there seems to be an urgency for traditional medicine to be researched in depth so that the good aspects can be separated from the harm that we all know can arise. If LMICs where such ambivalence is rampant cannot sponsor the needed research, can partners from the HICs help? 

Huge resources is going into health system strengthening so that Global schemes like the SDGs, UHC, etc are met, but most of the effort will be futile so long as confusion remains amongst health practitioners and the public whether to use traditional medicine alone, or in combination with modern medicine and the delay in access and intervention entailed.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Joseph Ana
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Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. 

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