Why study traditional medicine in Madagascar?
In Madagascar, one of the world’s globally recognized “megadiverse” countries, traditional medicine is practiced as an available, accessible, affordable, and effective method of healthcare. With flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world, the nation’s unrivaled biodiversity plays a distinctive role in its traditional healthcare practices. From your base in the lushly exotic capital city of Antananarivo, you’ll explore traditional and allopathic healthcare, travel to rural areas to learn about ethnobotany, home and folk remedies, and healthcare access, and meet with leading academics, allopathic doctors, and Malagasy students. The Malagasy people are extremely heterogeneous due to their diverse roots in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Along the way, gain a deeper understanding of how religious and cultural beliefs affect communities’ approach to healthcare, and journey through world-renowned rainforests and mineral forests in search of rare plants and wildlife.
ONLINE AND IN PERSON
The program will begin with one week of online courses starting on July 6. beginning with online orientation sessions to prepare you for your program, as well as seminars for the the Social and Political Dimensions of Health course. For week two, you will travel to Madagascar to continue with coursework and begin excursions and site visits.
- Discover a world apart where most flora and fauna exist only on the island.
- Understand the cultural, political, and socioeconomic contexts of healthcare.
- Learn basic Malagasy language skills during your first week in country and put your skills to practice with local guides.
- Trek through rainforests and a UNESCO World Heritage site baobab forest.
None, although students with a background in French will have many opportunities to use their French language skills.