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Title: Persistence and change in the practice of medical pluralism in Addis, Addaba, Ethoipia
Researcher: Dejene, Teshome Kirbet
Guide(s): Bapu Haranath, Ch
Jai Kishan, G
Keywords: Anthropology
Persistence
pluralism
addaba
addis
Upload Date: 17-Dec-2013
University: Andhra University
Completed Date: April 2013
Abstract: This study is about medical pluralism in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia with the intention to understand its persistence and dynamism. I reviewed secondary data for conceptual framework and conducted fieldwork between July, 2011 and August, 2012 to get access to firsthand information on medical pluralism in the city. This study reveals that there has been a growing diversity in the practice of medical pluralism based on different assumptions of health, illness and healing in the study area despite the absence of impartial health policy. Patients of different socio-economic status in the city as well as from far distant places make visit to these plural medical practices. The patients use the services of medical pluralism either simultaneously or in patterns of resort. The satisfaction with the treatment outcomes at one of the health service centers, the severity of the illness (whether acute or chronic), the perceived causes of the illness by patients and close relatives and the affordability of the service in the case of biomedicine in private practice are the major factors at work behind the patterns of resort by patients. The official relation between biomedicine and others is largely dominative and to a limited extent complementary.While indigenous traditional herbalists and non-indigenous alternative medicine complement their practice with biomedicine, biomedicine marginalizes indigenous traditional and non-indigenous alternative medicine. Exception to this marginalization is a rare circumstance where an individual private biomedical clinic owner allows acupuncture to complement biomedicine within the compound of biomedical clinic. The changes of modus operandi by traditional healers and the increasing diversity medical traditions in the pluralistic medical practices do not appear to extend so much to the changes of the ideas of health, illness and healing by each medical tradition. The externalizing discourse that locate the origin of illness outside the human body
Pagination: 230p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10603/14096
Appears in Departments:Department of Anthropology

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