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Experience of initiating collaboration of traditional healers in managing HIV and AIDS in Tanzania

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1746-4269-3-6.fm ral Journal of Ethnobiology and ss BioMed CentEthnomedicine Open AcceResearch Experience of initiating collaboration of traditional healers in managing HIV and AIDS in Tanzania Edmund J Kayombo*1, Febronia C Uiso1, Zakaria H Mbwambo1, Rogasian L Mahunnah1, Mainen J Moshi1 and Yasin H Mgonda2 Address: 1Institute of Traditional Medicine, Muhimbili University College of health Sciences, P. O. Box 65001, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and 2School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Muhimbili University College of health Sciences, P. O. Box 65001, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania Email: Edmund J Kayombo* - [email protected]; Febronia C Uiso - [email protected]; Zakaria H Mbwambo - [email protected]; Rogasian L Mahunnah - [email protected]; Mainen J Moshi - [email protected]; Yasin H Mgonda - [email protected] * Corresponding author Abstract Collaboration between traditional healers and biomedical practitioners is now being accepted by many African countries south of the Sahara because of the increasing problem of HIV/AIDS. The key problem, however, is how to initiate collaboration between two health systems which differ in theory of disease causation and management. This paper presents findings on experience learned by initiation of collaboration between traditional healers and the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Arusha and Dar-es-Salaam Municipalities, Tanzania where 132 and 60 traditional healers respectively were interviewed. Of these 110 traditional healers claimed to be treating HIV/AIDS. The objective of the study was to initiate sustainable collaboration with traditional healers in managing HIV/AIDS. Consultative meetings with leaders of traditional healers' associations and government officials were held, followed by surveys at respective traditional healers' "vilinge" (traditional clinics). The findings were analysed using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The findings showed that influential people and leaders of tradition

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