Traditional + Conventional Medicine = Better Health
Quote: “With Africare I know that diseases are not attributed only to fate so that traditional and conventional medicine should collaborate. I referred my own feverish children to the village women’s groups for the treatment with the Artemisin-based Combination Therapy (ACT).”
Seventy-two year old Djahountchi Djele had been treating children, pregnant women, and men in the village of Gbofoly/Aplahoué for years with leaf-based recipes and other traditional medicines used by his ancestors. The patients would stay in his house for treatment, and the several cases of death that occurred were attributed to fate or the anger of the gods. Djahountchi did not collaborate with the national health facilities workers.
But through Africare’s “Support for the Fight Against Malaria in the Mono and Couffo Departments” interventions, his practices have changed. He was trained in malaria prevention and treatment for pregnant women and children under five. Now in his house everyone sleeps under insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Children who arrive with a fever are first treated by driving away the bad spirits and are then referred to the village women’s groups for the treatment of Artemisin-based Combination Therapy (ACT).
Djahountchi now believes in the combination of traditional and conventional medicine.
“With Africare I know that diseases are not attributed only to fate so that traditional and conventional medicine should collaborate.”