SIT Study Abroad: Madagascar - Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems

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In Madagascar, one of the world’s globally recognized “megadiverse” countries, traditional medicine is practiced as an available, accessible, affordable, and effective method of healthcare. With flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world... read more

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My experience in Madagascar was truly incredible. The orientation portion really prepares you for integrating with your homestay families, and the subject matter of the courses challenges you in a new and unique way. You get to explore three very different areas of the island country, from Tana to Morondava, and all three have s... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Madagascar - Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (Summer)
Aside from gaining an understanding of how people live around the world, what conditions they live in, and how they are still happy regardless, I gained two main things. One, the flame inside of me was re-ignited and I was reminded of the things that once made me feel driven and passionate, and my confidence was restored. Two, I... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned what it really feels like to be colonized (however vicariously) and to live in poverty. I came to understand how you must first go into a place and ask what they need, and work with the local system, for aid to be effective, and how you must allow people access to resources, even while you are trying to protect them, b... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a totally new perspective on health care and the role it plays in the world. This perspective showed me many more possibilities for paths I could take in my life and introduced me to new interests. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
As an anthro major, I'm happy that I developed field work skills and produced research that I am proud of. Before I left, I was afraid to work too outside of my comfort zone, but going abroad made me realize my "comfort zone" is really much more flexible than I thought. Also, Madagascar developed as a serious area of academi... - Barnard College View Entire Review
Yes it was completely worth the money for the people that I met, the experiences I had, the places I saw, and the life long friends that I made. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review


In Madagascar, one of the world’s globally recognized “megadiverse” countries, traditional medicine is practiced as an available, accessible, affordable, and effective method of healthcare. With flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world, the nation’s unrivaled biodiversity plays a distinctive role in its traditional healthcare practices. From your base in the lushly exotic capital city of Antananarivo, you’ll explore traditional and allopathic healthcare, travel to rural areas to learn about ethnobotany, home and folk remedies, and healthcare access, and meet with leading academics, allopathic doctors, and Malagasy students. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • French Language, Literature
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology
  • Health Professions
  • Medical Administrative Services
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
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