Dear Neil, I agree with your final comment to the debate on TM in Ghana.
I add that 'local medicine/unorthodox medicine' is widespread also in our European countries. Homeopathy is an example : one can buy homeopathic drugs in pharmacy, regularly prescribed by doctors.
All the castle of drugs worldwide, whatever drug, orthodox/unorthodox, traditional/religious healing settings has the foundations on the same human aspiration: profit $$$.
Remove profit and the castle will fall.
African countries are more and more privatizing health care service, more drugs will be prescribed for profit.
HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT gmail.com