HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Mills, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-05T10:48:43Z
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dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Mills, E. (2005). HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19451
dc.description.abstract Traditional health care practices were formally recognised and advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1978. The implications of the WHO’s directive have been diverse, and have shifted over the subsequent three decades of international health care. Similarly, the landscape of disease and illness, within and beyond South Africa, has been significantly influenced by the burgeoning international and regional HIV-epidemic. In South Africa the move to democracy was coupled with a decentralisation of the National Health System (NHS), increasing rates of HIV-infection, and a political desire to recast traditional healing as an African cultural practice deserving of state endorsement. This paper considers the multiple illness meanings and treatment strategies employed by HIV-positive people and traditional healers living in Cape Town, South Africa. In order to offer an understanding of treatment strategies that move between the biomedical and traditional healing, this paper draws on the distinction between the psychosocial aspects of illness and the biological disorder of disease. The first section of the paper presents a case study of an HIV-positive woman’s experiences of the illness and the disease of HIV, and explores her concomitant health care strategies based on her shifting conceptions and experiences of HIV. The subsequent section moves into a detailed analysis of interviews conducted with a sample of traditional healers. This section highlights the traditional healers’ overlapping and also divergent views on the causation and treatment of HIV and AIDS-related illnesses amongst their HIV-positive clientele. Finally, this paper places traditional healing practices and practitioners within the context of South Africa’s NHS in order to suggest some of the potential benefits and limitations around collaboration between biomedical and traditional health care paradigms. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
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dc.source Centre for Social Science Research
dc.source.uri http://www.cssr.uct.ac.za/
dc.subject.other HIV/AIDS
dc.subject.other Healing strategies
dc.subject.other South Africa
dc.title HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-05-05T10:47:21Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Mills, E. (2006). <i>HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Mills, Elizabeth <i>HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2006. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Mills E. HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa. 2006 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Mills, Elizabeth AB - Traditional health care practices were formally recognised and advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1978. The implications of the WHO’s directive have been diverse, and have shifted over the subsequent three decades of international health care. Similarly, the landscape of disease and illness, within and beyond South Africa, has been significantly influenced by the burgeoning international and regional HIV-epidemic. In South Africa the move to democracy was coupled with a decentralisation of the National Health System (NHS), increasing rates of HIV-infection, and a political desire to recast traditional healing as an African cultural practice deserving of state endorsement. This paper considers the multiple illness meanings and treatment strategies employed by HIV-positive people and traditional healers living in Cape Town, South Africa. In order to offer an understanding of treatment strategies that move between the biomedical and traditional healing, this paper draws on the distinction between the psychosocial aspects of illness and the biological disorder of disease. The first section of the paper presents a case study of an HIV-positive woman’s experiences of the illness and the disease of HIV, and explores her concomitant health care strategies based on her shifting conceptions and experiences of HIV. The subsequent section moves into a detailed analysis of interviews conducted with a sample of traditional healers. This section highlights the traditional healers’ overlapping and also divergent views on the causation and treatment of HIV and AIDS-related illnesses amongst their HIV-positive clientele. Finally, this paper places traditional healing practices and practitioners within the context of South Africa’s NHS in order to suggest some of the potential benefits and limitations around collaboration between biomedical and traditional health care paradigms. DA - 2006 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Centre for Social Science Research LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2006 T1 - HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa TI - HIV illness meanings and collaborative healing strategies in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19451 ER - en_ZA


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