Survey of Traditional Healing Practices Prevalent In the South Western Part of Nigeria

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The Centre carried out a survey on traditional healing practices prevalent in the South Western Part of Nigeria, focusing especially on the activities of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), Bone Setters and Massage Therapists for the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) in 2007. The survey was designed to promote a deeper understanding of the scientific basis for the methods and practices of TBAs, bonesetters and massage therapists in South West Nigeria.

The survey report documents their healing methods, the materials that they use as well as the kinds of facilities they use for their practices. The role of traditional healers in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized. They have a crucial role in building the health system in Nigeria as well as strengthening and supporting the national response to safe motherhood and bone setting.

It is on this premise that the survey was carried out.

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