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Exploration of the views of traditional healers regarding the termination of pregnancy (TOP) law.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17131609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The North-West Province is predominantly a rural area, and traditional healers remain the most important and influential members of the rural communities. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research design was used. In-depth, individual focused and interactive interviews were held with eight traditional healers from the rural areas of Mmabatho-Mafikeng. In addition, field notes and observations were utilised. The objective of this article is to explore the views of the traditional healers regarding termination of pregnancy (TOP) law. The results reflected the following themes: termination of pregnancy is killing; a child is a precious gift from God and the ancestors; there are alternatives to TOP; people who had any type of abortion should be cleansed with "dipitsa" or herbs; TOP may be allowed only in case of rape and incest, rape and incest offenders should be severely punished; and the traditional healers were not consulted during formulation of the TOP Law. It is therefore recommended that traditional should be involved in TOP workshops and educational programmes to enable them to provide counselling before and after abortion.
M A Rakhudu; A M M Mmelesi; C P H Myburgh; M Poggenpoel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Curationis     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0379-8577     ISO Abbreviation:  Curationis     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-29     Completed Date:  2006-12-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901092     Medline TA:  Curationis     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-60     Citation Subset:  N    
University of the North-West, Mafikeng.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal / adverse effects,  education,  ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Attitude of Health Personnel / ethnology*
Counseling / education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand
Incest / legislation & jurisprudence
Medicine, African Traditional*
Nursing Methodology Research
Qualitative Research
Rape / legislation & jurisprudence
Religion and Psychology
Rural Population
Social Values
South Africa

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