'Traditional' Healers, Speaking and Motivation in Vava'u, Tonga: Explaining Syncretism and Addressing Health Policy (Report)
Oceania 2010, March, 80, 1
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INTRODUCTION AUSAID-run health sector reforms since 1999, supported by the World Bank, WHO and NZAID, have put Tonga's 'traditional' healers under unprecedented economically oriented scrutiny, with wide implications on the success of bilateral health services development (AUSAID 2004, 2006). Despite WHO (World Health Organisation) policies on encouraging involvement of healers in public health and the formulation of a national policy on traditional medicine, Tonga's health services have engaged little nor had much official impact on healers (WHO 2002). They are neither professionalized nor officially valued by the Ministry of Health despite their widespread popularity. Families and some hospital workers who support their treatments within hospital perimeters often contravene a poorly enforced ban from hospital facilities.
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- Category: Social Science
- Published: 01 March 2010
- Publisher: University of Sydney
- Print Length: 61 Pages
- Language: English