How Traditional Healers Help to Spread AIDS
Here’s a little perspective on the damage that ‘traditional medicine’ can do when you have a population that on one hand cannot access real doctors, and on the other has a pervasive belief in what their witchdoctors tell them. A representative of the Mozambiquan Red Cross has admitted that the practices of local traditional healers are contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the area.
…she conceded that some of their practices continue to spread HIV/Aids. One of these is the “purification rite” that traditional healers recommend after death in a family. This involves a male family member having unprotected sex with a female family member.
In some villages the healers have told them if that does not happen or if a condom is used, the rest of the family members will die.
I really can’t explain how much that disgusts me.
Thankfully the Red Cross is offering training for traditional healers, and some have begun to practise safer medicine. Little things like not using the same razor blade over and over again on different patients is something that actually has to be taught to people who call themselves ‘healers’. Ugh.