Publication Date

Fall 2000


This paper assesses the impact of western medical influence on the use of indigenous medical practices for malaria. The research was conducted through interviews and observations in four communities within the city of Cape Coast. Section one focuses on the perceptions of malaria held by members in the communities, while section two determines the traditional and western treatments administered for malaria, including the reasons that support individual choices. Section three centers around the shifts in treatment for malaria occurring during individual lifetimes and across generations. Lastly, section four places the collected data in context of private and government efforts to meet the health care needs of malaria sufferers. The conclusion provides recommendations for the future of health care policies in Ghana.