The Department of Health has published the Traditional Health Practitioners Regulations in line with the Traditional Health Practitioners Act. The deadline for written comments is 2 February 2016.
Traditional health practioners should be regulated say some Northern Cape traditional healers as the Department of Health looks to integrate healers into HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and chronic illnesses programmes.
Since the 1970s, Soweto’s Ikwezi train station has been abuzz with local herbalists. But after more than three decades into South Africa’s HIV epidemic, traditional healing has changed – and found a new role within the public health system.
Fears about prolonged labours and enlarged babies’ heads are driving some pregnant women to opt for traditional medicine instead of doctors’ prescriptions – but nurses say it may be a dangerous gamble.
When it comes to traditional medicine, some young parents are torn between the advice of nurses and that of their own parents. For one young Mpumalanga mother, this battle of wills almost cost her baby’s life.
Western medicine and traditional healers have long been at odds with one another about how to treat HIV/AIDS. But in the Umgungundlovu district, which has the highest HIV prevalence in the country, integration of the two is starting to happen.
The national health department and the Medicines Control Council (MCC) have failed to respond to a warning from South Africa’s top pharmacology academics and experts that the South African market is being flooded with all kinds of quack remedies and dubious ‘medicines’.