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Carleton College

Publication Date

Summer 2013

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Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Health Care Systems


This study investigates the relationship between traditional medicine and globalization in Madagascar. Information from interactions and interviews with both traditional and allopathic healers is used to study the current healthcare system and provide direction for the establishment of an Integrated Health Care System (IHCS). This study finds that traditional medicine and globalization have a closer and more reciprocal relationship than it would initially appear, and that traditional medicine is very adaptable to change. Because of this, it is proposed that globalization and technology could be tools to bring traditional and allopathic medicine together in an IHCS to resolve the health disparities observed between urban and rural areas in Madagascar.


Growth and Development | Health Economics | Health Services Research | International Public Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion