Dec 15, 2010

In Uganda Traditional Healers Update Their Methods


70-year-old Ssenga Bernadette Nabatanzi has been an herbalist and traditional birth attendant for over 30 years. She has not given up her work, but she has modernized a number of her methods. She now educates other healers to do the same as a trainer for Uganda’s Traditional and modern Health practitioners Together against AIDS (THETA). Nabatanzi remembers when she and other traditional birth attendants would put premature babies in underground holes to incubate them. Now, she emphasizes hygiene in birthing and general healthcare facilities, and encourages her patients to be tested for HIV. She also teaches other healers about patient’s rights. Many members of the community have found it hard to trust the wealthier THETA employees. Nabatanzi has found that she is able to educate other healers and act as an advisor and confidant to her patients because she is one of them. Life for Mothers knows that a sustainable program must be both culturally sensitive and must involve the local community. This is why we are recruiting and training community residents to register and educate women and their families in the Mityana District of Uganda. To read the full article, click here.

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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