Aids And The American Healthcare Industry

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Every culture has its own way of dealing with sickness and illness. Growing up both in Angola and the United States, a person is able to reflect on cultures and their own myths as well as beliefs. These cultures are very different from one another in respect to their outlook on illness and hospitalization. Being Angolan in the American healthcare industry, they experience many different attitudes about how to best treat medical illness. During the time of sick or for curing disease in Angola, the people would rather see their traditional healer than a doctor for such things as; fever, stomachache, bad dreams, pain, or mental disorders. They don’t have access to the same kind of healthcare services as the Americans do. Only a few people can afford good medical care and unfortunately many have a life expectancy that is below fifty years of age mostly related to poverty related diseases such as; tuberculosis, malaria, and measles. The main language of Angola is Portuguese. Many are bilingual, speaking Portuguese and one of the several African languages. About 40% of Angolan speaks Bantu as their first language and many as a second language (Oyebade, 2007, pg 33). The majority of the people are either Christian (Roman Catholic) or follow native beliefs, such as ancestor worship (Oyebade, 2007, pg 33). The traditional Angola believes in a close communication with the spirit of the dead ancestors. They believe that ancestors are part of the lives of the living people and will
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