faith healing

Faith: Friend or Foe? The Rise of Faith Healing in Tanzania and Its Impact on Community Understanding of HIV

This paper investigates the origin of Loliondo’s faith healing movement and the factors leading to the popularization of Babu as a faith healer. Furthermore, it surveys the impact that the Loliondo phenomenon has had on a specific rural community’s understanding of HIV and on the interface between biomedical and faith-based treatment interventions. Finally, it addresses potential community-based initiatives that NGOs and other health organizations can support to consistently and understandingly address this and similar situations.

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