Ghanaian national policy toward indigenous healers. The case of the Primary Health Training for Indigenous Healers (PRHETIH) program

D. M. Warren, G. Steven Bova, Mary Ann Tregoning, Mark Kliewer

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We review the policy of the Ghanaian Ministry of Health towards indigenous healers, and estimate their potential and actual utilization in the national health delivery system. We then describe the program to give primary health training to indigenous healers. The program established relations with the regional offices and central headquarters of the Ministry of Health, The Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association and various categories of indigenous healers. We describe our strategies to coordinate the program with Ministry of Health Units and different categories of indigenous healers (mainly TBAs, herbalists and priest/priestess healers) in Techiman District. We analyze the socio-cultural, economic and politico-administrative forces impinging on the design and implementation of the program to recommend ways that this kind of program can be developed in other localities within and outside Ghana.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1873-1881
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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