SIT Study Abroad: Madagascar - Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (Summer)

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Examine how historical circumstances, geography, and demographics shape and inform the delivery of traditional and allopathic healthcare systems in Madagascar.In this program, students learn firsthand about forms of treatment, methods of diagnosis... read more

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September 09, 2014 A Place Close To My Heart
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
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

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Examine how historical circumstances, geography, and demographics shape and inform the delivery of traditional and allopathic healthcare systems in Madagascar.

In this program, students learn firsthand about forms of treatment, methods of diagnosis, questions of access, and the education and training of healthcare professionals in urban and rural areas of Madagascar. From discussions with leading academics and allopathic doctors, students explore the complexity of current debates over alternative and allopathic healthcare practices, not only in Madagascar, but globally.

Major topics of study include:

- Current healthcare models in Madagascar and debate the social and political dimensions of healthcare delivery
- Postcolonial history and contemporary Malagasy politics as applied to healthcare policy and delivery
- The strong links between global healthcare challenges and economic, social, environmental, and political factors
- Ethnobotany, home and folk remedies, and the extent to which health beliefs are grounded in cultural and religious practices of local communities

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