BBC: Tanzania 'witchcraft' murders (2)

11 February, 2019

I have followed the posting by Neil and Chris on this ugly and tragic outcome of actions of Ritualists and criminals clothed in '˜traditional medicine' on vulnerable members of the society, often women and children. The private parts that go missing end up in preparation of portions served to sick persons that consult them as a cure for their ailments. Some use the portions to invoke 'supernatural' powers especially during political campaigns when desperate politicians seek to win by all means: they practice do or die politics!

Neil posted about the incidents on Tanzania but it could have been any other country in Africa. This continent-wide tragedy arises from ignorance, health illiteracy, and misinformation and has public health implications. HIFA and CHIFA fora with their positive messages on disseminating evidence informed health information can help to create awareness and knowledge that can take vulnerable persons and child carers away from deadly ritualists and traditional medicine quacks.

Where possible HIFA country representatives and all members can help to push this topic up the public health discussion fora in their domains. That can only be helpful.

Joseph Ana

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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