Chapter 7. The Awakening of Collaboration between Quichua Healers and Psychiatrists in the Andes

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director1,2,3,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor4 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research1
  1. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch7

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

Bouchard, L. (2009) The Awakening of Collaboration between Quichua Healers and Psychiatrists in the Andes, 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.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 4

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

Author Information

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

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:

  • awakening of collaboration between Quichua Healers and psychiatrists in Andes;
  • indigenous people of Andes – relying on traditional healers to cope with suffering and mental illness;
  • health disparities and health care inequities;
  • Quichua response - Jambihuasi;
  • Quichua communities – using own traditional medicine system for centuries;
  • goal of Jambihuasi - combining Quichua and Western medicine and imparting community-based health care services and health education to Quichua people;
  • first integrative community-based clinic - in Huacsara, a few miles north of Otavalo;
  • unusual integrated Quichua/Western health care center;
  • Quichua community response to Jambihuasi;
  • bringing awareness on Quichua and indigenous health-related themes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pervasive Social Exclusion

  • Health Disparities and Health Care Inequities

  • The Quichua Response: Jambihuasi

  • Going Further: The Foundation of Runajambi

  • Conclusion

  • Notes

  • References