The role of traditional health practitioners in health promotion: A case study of the Pfura Rural District, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.advisor Netshandama, V. O.
dc.contributor.advisor Matshidze, P.
dc.contributor.advisor Tshitangano, T. G.
dc.contributor.author Mambanga, Pfungwa
dc.date 2019
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-07T12:59:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-07T12:59:04Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-20
dc.identifier.citation Mambanga, Pfungwa (2019) The role of traditional health practitioners in health promotion: A case study of the Pfura Rural District, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe, University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1419>.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1419
dc.description PhD (African Studies) en_US
dc.description Department of African Studies
dc.description.abstract Traditional health practice is an important and often underestimated part of health care. Since time immemorial traditional health ensured and covered all major areas of health promotion, which included preventative, promotive, curative, rehabilitative, and surgical practices. In low- and middle-income countries where the number of practitioners of modern medicine may not be enough to meet the health care needs of the country, traditional health promotion is central. Given that in many societies the practices are done in secret, it therefore makes it difficult for people in general to access proper service from traditional health practitioners. This study explored the role of traditional health practitioners in promoting health in a rural community. The study adopted a qualitative approach which was descriptive, explorative and interpretative, targeting the registered traditional health practitioners in villages of Ward X of the Pfura Rural District Council. A non-probability purposive and snowball sampling method was used to identify twenty-two (22) male and female participants. The participants were registered diviners, herbalists and traditional birth attendants. The data which was collected through in-depth interviews, field notes, audio recordings and observation were thematically analyzed using Tesch’s method of data analysis and presented in categories, themes and subthemes. The study revealed that the traditional health practitioners in Pfura, are playing a vital role in offering primary health care for the people. Traditional health practitioners offer healing through their extensive knowledge of herbal and animal-based medicines and therapeutic actions such as rituals. The study established the use of herbs, traditional ceremonies, taboos, cultural norms as health promotive practices. Traditional healers in Pfura have demonstrated their efficacy and remained a powerful establishment in society through their easy access to the ancestral spirits, which has sustained the healing culture of Kore-kore people. Despite the central role being played by traditional health system in health promotion, impediments were found against the practice and its practitioners. Poor professional development, research and training of the Traditional Health Practitioners as well as the advanced age of practitioners is a setback in the practice as it contributed negatively to the sustainability of the traditional health practice. Guided by both study findings, key action areas of health promotion of the Ottawa Charter and the objectives of the World Health Organization, Traditional Medicine Strategy of 2014-2023 target, a framework/guide was developed and recommended an integrative and sustainable health promotion in a rural setting. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 171 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Traditional en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.subject Health promotion en_US
dc.subject Pfura Rural District en_US
dc.subject.ddc 610.096891
dc.subject.lcsh Traditional medicine -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Healers -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Alternative medicine -- Zimbabwe
dc.title The role of traditional health practitioners in health promotion: A case study of the Pfura Rural District, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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