Engagement of Traditional Healers and Birth Attendants as a Controversial Proposal to Extend the HIV Health Workforce.

@article{Audet2015EngagementOT,
  title={Engagement of Traditional Healers and Birth Attendants as a Controversial Proposal to Extend the HIV Health Workforce.},
  author={Carolyn M. Audet and Erin R. Hamilton and Leighann Hughart and Jos{\'e} Salato},
  journal={Current HIV/AIDS reports},
  year={2015},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={238-45}
}
"Medical pluralism" is the use of multiple health systems and is common among people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Healers and traditional birth attendants (TBAs) often are a patient's first and/or preferred line of treatment; this often results in delayed, interrupted, or abandoned diagnosis and therapy. Literature from the study of medical pluralism suggests that HIV care and treatment programs are infrequently and inconsistently engaging healers around the world. Mistrust and… CONTINUE READING