The Role of Indigenous Medicine in Primary Health Care Services in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Global Crossroads Lecture Series
Indigenous medicine is often part of primary healthcare systems, particularly in Africa. Although the practice and use of indigenous medicine among the Amhara is deep-rooted in their cultural practices, there hasn’t been an extensive and in-depth look into the documentation and analysis of indigenous medical knowledge and socio-cultural perspectives of indigenous medicine. This project fills this gap. Tebaber Chanie Workneh is an assistant professor of Social Anthropology at at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He completed his PhD in Anthropology Anthropology in February 2015 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS). His interests include indigenous medicine, medicinal plants, culture and mental illness, and the integrations of indigenous and biomedical health care services.