Collaboration between traditional healers and psychiatrists in Sudan

Sorketti, E.A.; Zuraida, N.Z.; Habil, M.H. (2010) Collaboration between traditional healers and psychiatrists in Sudan. International Psychiatry, 7 (3). pp. 71-74. ISSN 1749-3676

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      Abstract

      The importance of traditional healing in low- and middle-income countries cannot be underestimated. It is generally perceived as part of the prevailing belief system and traditional healers are often seen as the primary agents for psychosocial problems in these countries; estimates of their service share range from 45% to 60% (World Health Organization, 1992).The World Health Organization (2000) estimated that 80% of people living in rural areas in low- and middleincome countries depend on traditional medicine for their health needs.In Sudan, a country with a mixed Arab/African culture,traditional healing is the most common method of treating people with mental illness, mostly because it is usually far cheaper than medical treatment (Elsafi & Baasher, 1981–94) but also because of the inaccessibility of medical services and lack of awareness among the population.

      Item Type: Article
      Creators:
      1. Sorketti, E.A.(Psychiatrist & Mental Health Researcher, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya)
      2. Zuraida, N.Z.(Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
      3. Habil, M.H.(Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
      Journal or Publication Title: International Psychiatry
      Subjects: R Medicine
      R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
      Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
      Depositing User: Dr. Ehab Sorketti
      Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 08:10
      Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 09:30
      URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/8127

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