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Title:Not in my hospital: Karimojong indigenous healing and biomedicine
Author:Sundal, Mary B.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:traditional medicine
medical sciences
health care
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17531055.2012.708545
Abstract:This article presents data collected over 10 months of ethnographic fieldwork in 2006-2007 on the interactions between users of Karimojong indigenous medicine and biomedicine. The Karimojong agropastoralists live in northeast Uganda and rely on local healers to treat illness, bless pending cattle raids, and maintain the spiritual health of communities. Indigenous practice has incorporated various biomedical insights, but the Western-based health sector has not as readily welcomed Karimojong local healing as a viable therapeutic strategy, forcing some healers to covertly work in hospitals and clinics. Their work underscores their importance to community well-being and as advocates of holistic health care; without them, biomedical health centres will not fully answer to the patients' needs. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]