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University of Oregon

Publication Date

Spring 2009

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Kenya: Swahili Studies and Coastal Cultures


This study examines the practice, use and perception of traditional medicine in the rural village of Bodo, on the south coast of Kenya. This paper surveys the different types, treatments, and education of traditional medical practitioners, as well as assesses the accessibility of both traditional and conventional medicine facilities. Secondly, it addresses the perceptions of different community members of illness and healthcare, and, in the light of recent attempts to integrate traditional medicine into the national healthcare system, examines how these perceptions work in conjunction with accessibility to influence the use of healthcare.


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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