A traditional healers' training model in rural Nepal: strengthening their roles in community health

Trop Med Int Health. 2003 Oct;8(10):956-60. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2003.01094.x.


In this paper, we evaluated a western medical training model for traditional healers (THs) in rural Nepal. We used semi-structured interviews to compare 48 trainees with 30 randomly selected untrained THs, 1 year after the training was completed. We asked them about their knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of common illnesses and HIV/AIDS, and their relationship with government health workers (GHWs) in the area. Nine GHWs were also interviewed about their perceptions of THs. We found that trained THs had a better knowledge of allopathic medicine, practised modern treatment using first aid kits, and were more likely to refer patients to GHWs. They also improved their relationships with the GHWs. Up-scaling this model is a challenge for improving community health care in Nepal in the future.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nepal
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Role
  • Rural Health