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http://ped.sagepub.com/ Global Health Promotion http://ped.sagepub.com/content/17/2_suppl/17 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/1757975910363925 2010 17: 17 Global Health Promotion George N. Mbeh, Richard Edwards, George Ngufor, Felix Assah, Leopold Fezeu and Jean-Claude Mbanya Cameroon provide health education and appropriate health care practices for diabetes patients in Traditional healers and diabetes: results from a pilot project to train traditional healers to Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: International Union for Health Promotion and Education can be found at: Global Health Promotion Additional services and information for http://ped.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://ped.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://ped.sagepub.com/content/17/2_suppl/17.refs.html Citations: at BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV on September 13, 2010 ped.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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Original Article Traditional healers and diabetes: results from a pilot project to train traditional healers to provide health education and appropriate health care practices for diabetes patients in Cameroon George N. Mbeh 1 , Richard Edwards 2 , George Ngufor 3 , Felix Assah 4 , Leopold Fezeu 5 and Jean-Claude Mbanya 6 Abstract : In resource-limited countries where the challenge of diabetes management is especially severe, there has been a recent call for the inclusion of traditional healers in the fight against diabetes. In response, some researchers have highlighted the dangers of incorporating traditional healers while others, have presented them as a potential asset to the health care system if well trained and guided. We report here on a pilot intervention to include traditional healers in the health promotion and pre- vention efforts for diabetes in Cameroon, as part of the Cameroon Burden of Diabetes (CAMBoD) project. We trained 106 healers in a range of topics and practices relating to diabetes prevention and care. Eight months later we carried out a field evaluation of 36 of them using in-depth semi-struc- tured interviews and direct observation methods to find out if they remembered and applied the learning from the training. Most healers recalled and were applying some of the lessons learnt, includ- ing referral of patients for blood glucose tests at biomedical health facilities, desisting from scarify- ing patients with diabetes, and educating their patients, peers and other people in their communities about diabetes. Healers were enthusiastic about collaboration with the diabetes control program, though some wanted additional responsibilities. We conclude that healers could learn prevention strategies of diabetes relatively rapidly and collaborate in health promotion. (Global Health Promotion, 2010; Supp (2): pp. 17–26) Key words: diabetes education, diabetes prevention, evaluation, health education, health promotion,
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