Chapter 16. Bringing Together Indigenous and Western Medicine in South Africa: A University Initiative

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director2,3,4,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor5 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research2
  1. Dan L. Mkize MB, ChB, DCH, MFGP, DFM, M Med(Psych) Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch16

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

Mkize, D. L. (2009) Bringing Together Indigenous and Western Medicine in South Africa: A University Initiative, in Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health (eds M. Incayawar, R. Wintrob and L. Bouchard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Runajambi – Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, Otavalo, Ecuador

  2. 3

    Former Henry R. Luce, Professor in Brain, Mind and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, USA

  3. 4

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 5

    WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Author Information

  1. Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, Univeristy of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470516836

Online ISBN: 9780470741054

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Keywords:

  • bringing together indigenous and Western medicine in South Africa – university initiative;
  • medicine and health care in Africa - shaped by complex socio-political and economic processes;
  • South Africa - need to explore traditional medicine and its relationship with Western medicine;
  • view to finding concepts and methods accommodating both systems - without violating fundamental beliefs of either;
  • Western medical system inception;
  • New African health care system - propspects;
  • African health care system (AHCS) objectives;
  • working relation and close collaboration with Ayuverdic, Tibetan and Chinese systems of health care;
  • AHCS initiative - collaborating and networking with Reference Center on Traditional Medicine, Department of Health

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Inception of Western Medical Systems

  • Prospects for a New African Health Care System

  • The African Health Care System

  • Objectives of the African Health Care System (AHCS)

  • Resources

  • Stakeholders

  • Networks

  • Work Plan

  • Challenges

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Appendix