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Traditional Medicine & Healthcare Systems



José Narcisse Randria, MD, Lecturer
José is a medical doctor and lecturer at the Département de Physiologie Animale et Pharmacologie, Faculty of Science. He holds an MD from the School of Medicine and a DEA in pharmacology from the Département de Physiologie Animale et Pharmacologie, Faculty of Science at the University of Antananarivo. He is currently researching toxicology and pharmacology of two plants used in traditional medicine.

Bernardin Victor Rabarijaona, PhD
Bernardin teaches Malagasy social and cultural anthropology with respect to traditional medicine. He is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Facultés des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Département des Lettres et Langues Malgache, at the University of Antananarivo, where he established the department’s anthropology laboratory. He has been a consultant for SIT since 1992 and serves as an ISP advisor to SIT students.

Herlyne Ramihantaniarivo, MD
A practicing physician, Herlyne is director general at the Ministry of Public Health, Focal Point of Madagascar for Global Funds, and coordinator of Project CURE. On this program, she lectures on access to healthcare, healthcare funding, and poverty and its relation to healthcare. In addition to her MD from the University of Antananarivo School of Medicine, she earned an MPH in health management from the University of Hawai‘i. She is founder and president of the Association Zahana, which is involved in rural development programs including the provision of potable water. She is a member of the Cercle Chrétien de la Santé and the East-West Center Alumni-Hawai‘i.

Zafy is a traditional healer who specializes in the treatment of jaundice. During the rural homestay period, Zafy teaches the use of medicinal plants for the treatment and prevention of diseases, especially jaundice.

Telovavy is a traditional healer and a reninjaza (traditional birth attendant). A native of Andasibe II, she is known for her use of medicinal plants in the prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as her involvement in maternal health issues in the Andasibe-Moramanga commune. She lectures on the use of medicinal plants in traditional medicine.