The Difficulty Of Treating Illnesses

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Another example of the difficulty of treating illnesses in Africa is malaria. The study at hand examines locals’ conceptions about health care. The questionnaire was distributed to households in Ethiopia and asked questions concerning their knowledge of malaria and their preferred forms of treatment (Deressa et al. 2008). The results showed that the respondents’ knew a relatively high amount of information about malaria and how it is contracted; however, this knowledge did not largely influence local’s methods of treatment. Even though a new insecticide-treated net, meant to prevent mosquito bites, is available, only 6.4% of surveyed households have one (Deressa et al. 2008). Ethiopians “preferred to use private health care providers for…show more content…
Additionally, completely noninvasive methods are a potential way to build more trust. Hopefully, providing a monetarily free, hassle-free method of preventing a disease and their observation that it works would do some good in shrinking their distrust. Cultural practices that inhibit the us of western medicine do not exist solely in Africa. One group of people, The Hmong, have a particular distaste for western medicine. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is an ethnography about a Hmong family’s struggle with trusting modern medicine. Foua Yang and Nao Kao Lee, parents of Lia, a severely epileptic child, strongly believed in traditional Hmong culture and practiced shamanism (Fadiman 1997). Their beliefs and practices clashed with those of western doctors. In shamanism, it is believed that shamans are the only form of communication with the spirit world. The spirit world is seen to have a hand in the lives of the Hmong. When people are sick or any misfortune occurs, they must contact the spirit world through shamans. In the case with Lia, her epilepsy was a sign in the Hmong culture of having spiritual gifts. Seizures are an indicator of future shamans; however, her epilepsy was so severe that when the medical attention she needed was not provided for her, after one epileptic episode she became mentally retarded (Fadiman 1997). Lia’s parents loved her very much and it was
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