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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Health care is a constantly evolving aspect of a country’s culture. Being no different, Uganda’s health care has been shaped by the plurality of health care choices present in a community at any given point in history. The health-seeking behaviors displayed by Ugandans is dependent upon the public’s perceptions and opinions of these available choices. This research focuses on themes found through the methodological transcription of interviews of northern Ugandan traditional birth attendants (TBA) and midwives, detailing their experiences working in maternal and early childhood care. These interviews serve as documentation of health care personnel accounts, which may be used to understand the population’s shifting health-seeking behaviors. Furthermore, the themes drawn from these interviews reflect the patient population’s shifting opinions as well as the timeline of the popularization of the Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital in Kalongo, northern Uganda. These themes drawn from TBA and midwife experience also introduce a potential course of symbiotic existence between traditional and western medicine, the relationship of which is shown to have great impact on the care provided to a population.

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