Stanifer JW, Patel UD, Karia F, Thielman N, Maro V, Shimbi D, Kilaweh H, Lazaro M, Matemu O, Omolo J, Boyd D. The determinants of traditional medicine use in Northern Tanzania: a mixed-methods study. PloS one. 10(10). e0122638. PMID: 25848762 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4388565
Traditional medicines are an important part of healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, and building successful disease treatment programs that are sensitive to traditional medicine practices will require an understanding of their current use and roles, including from a biomedical perspective. Therefore, we conducted a mixed-method study in Northern Tanzania in order to characterize the extent of and reasons for the use of traditional medicines among the general population so that we can better inform public health efforts in the region.