Report of the Consultation on AIDS and Traditional Medicine: Prospects for Involving Traditional Health Practitioners (Francistown, Botswana, 23-27 July 1990)
(1990; 48 pages) [French] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2. APPROACHES FOR INVOLVING TRADITIONAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IN AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Close this folder3. RECOMMENDATIONS
View the document3.1 Policy and legislation
View the document3.2 Education and training
View the document3.3 Research
View the document3.4 Involvement of traditional health practitioners in national AIDS programmes
View the document3.5 Recommendations for WHO follow-up action
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3.2 Education and training

3.2.1 Courses on the elements of traditional medicine should be introduced early in the curricula of all modern health workers so as to ensure their awareness of the importance of traditional medicine in the context of their cultural settings.

3.2.2 Elements of modern medicine, such as hygiene, anatomy, and physiology, should also be taught to traditional health practitioners in order to make their work more effective.

3.2.3 Special continuing education courses at different levels and of varying duration should be organized for traditional health practitioners and eventually lead to the development of schools of traditional medicine.

3.2.4 To ensure the dissemination of accurate information, national governments, national AIDS programmes, and national AIDS committees should devise strategies for developing rapport with the media in order to continuously and correctly inform and educate the public on the AIDS pandemic.

3.2.5 Countries should develop national education activities aimed at fully involving traditional health practitioners in national AIDS prevention, control, and patient care programmes and making them fully aware of the risk to themselves and all their patients of HIV transmission in their practices.

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