Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2019)
Attitude of community members towards the use of traditional medicine in Tanzania
Author(s): Kayombo Edmund John, Uiso Febronia C, Mahunnah Rogassian LA
Abstract: Background: The use of traditional medicine for various ailments suffered by human being is noted worldwide both in developed and developing countries. Nonetheless limited studies that have attempted to evaluate attitude of the people towards use of TM. Objective: To establish attitude of community members towards use of TM in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania. Methodology: A qualitative research method using in-depth was used to collect data in seven administrative regions in Tanzania. Community members were interviewed by in-depth interview with questions on; attitude, ill health conditions managed better by TM practitioners. Results: The analyses of the findings have shown 34% among interviewed had positive attitude towards TM. Use of TM was not only due inadequacy of health facilities, drugs and medical personnel but also there were ill health conditions and social wellbeing that could be managed by TM practitioners. All respondents had positive attitude towards Act because it was expected to control quacks. Conclusion: The governments should promote TM by supporting financial studies of herbal remedies by focusing on safety and efficacy and the discovery of new herbal remedies that can address ill health conditions that are not managed by conventional medicine.
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