Updated 30 July 2015

Healers and schemes

There's concern about the lack of healthcare workers in SA. Yet we have 185 500 traditional healers that could play a more prominent role – if certain hurdles can be overcome.

Traditional healers and medical schemes

According to a recent study undertaken by the trade union Solidarity, we currently have a mere 468 health workers for every 100 000 people, compared to the global average of 607 health workers per 100 000 people.

- World Health Organization, Fact Sheet on Traditional Medicine, December 2008.
- World Health Organization, Traditional Medicine Strategy, 2002 – 2005.

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