The Traditional Medicine Practitioners (Tmps) And Attitudes Of The Rural Community Of Bulamogi County (Uganda) Towards Traditional Medicine: Preliminary Findings
Tabuti, J. R. S.
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Traditional medicine (TM) is very important for primary health care delivery and its use is widespread in developing countries; in Africa up to 80% of the population use TM (WHO, 2002). Traditional medicine owes its popularity to its accessibility, affordability and its firm embedment within the belief systems of the people (WHO, 2002). Because of TM’s importance for the provision of primary health care, it needs to be developed, promoted and integrated into national health care systems (WHO, 1978). In Uganda, important steps have been taken to recognize and promote TM and a draft bill for a law to recognize, coordinate and regulate the practice of TM in Uganda is under preparation (Ministry of Health, 2000). For the successful integration of the TM and orthodox medicine (OM) systems it is necessary to have empirical information about the traditional medicine practitioners (TMPs) and the attitudes of the people towards TM. In this study a profile of the TMPs and the local peoples attitudes to TM are presented.