ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IN TANZANIA AND ITS HEALTH IMPLICATIONS
Edmund J. KayomboDOI :
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Background: The introduction of alternative medicine in Tanzania has opened a new window where patients suffering from health conditions that were not effectively managed by the present medical systems (conventional and traditional medicine).
Objective: To establish the discipline of alternative medicine introduced in Tanzania, their distribution and overall impacton healthcare
Methods: Through literature search both published and on line in Tanzania, it has been found many alternative medicines are being introduced private practitioners
Results: Nearly all introduced disciplines are located in few regional administrative headquarters and very few in district administrative headquarter and one in rural village. These introduced disciplines of alternative medicine are addressing specific ill health conditions that were not well managed by the conventional and traditional medicine. Even though there are relatively many alternative health centers few had been registered traditional and alternative health practitioners council.
Conclusion: Since the services provided by alternative is needed by all people effort by the government support to be sent to rural areas as well.
Keywords: Tanzania, traditional medicine, conventional medicine, alternative medicine, ill health conditions, Tanzania traditional alternative medicine ACT.