World Health Organization

Tribal superstitions, traditions and shamanism regarding medical practice in Africa

Nowadays in Africa there are still prevalent traditional practices that has been recognised as harmful and otiose, including cruel treatment of young women and people stricken with albinism. WHO African Region has claimed that 70-80% of people rely on African traditional medicine for their primary health care. Society entrenched in superstition slows down medicine development in Africa. Lack of doctors and health awareness in society is main reason of discussed issue. What steps should be taken to narrow the gap of social awareness of treatment?


Photographer: Magda Matejka

Chair of World Health Organisation – Marek Perczak
Deputy Chair of World Health Organisation – Natalia Czechowska

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