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Unlikely HIV/AIDS alliance examined
Thursday 17 February 2005
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AFRICA: Unlikely HIV/AIDS alliance examined

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 7 January (PLUSNEWS) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday examined the "unlikely alliance" in Africa between traditional healers and "practitioners of modern medicine" in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Dr Virginia Davis Floyd, a visiting scholar at Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia, said 85 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa received part or all of their health care and health education from traditional healers.

She told the Journal that "Most people in Africa don't have access to primary health care. Since we don't have doctors or nurses in many of these places, the only primary provider is the traditional healer."

The report said traditional healers were now "being courted as the first line of defence against" HIV/AIDS.



Recent AFRICA Reports
AIDS activists demand expansion of national treatment,  16/Feb/05
World Bank and business groups launch guidelines,  11/Feb/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 220, 11 February 2005,  11/Feb/05
Anti-AIDS drug tender yet to be awarded,  8/Feb/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 219, 4 February 2005,  4/Feb/05
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000

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