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Human service provision in Africa presents great challenges. These challenges lie in developing appropriate knowledge of people's needs, as well as of models for service provision. A number of trends and issues emerged during the consolidation and development of the South African Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (SARCIK).

The literature survey and the indaba revealed that the major focus of work and interest in indigenous knowledge in South Africa was traditional healing and medicinal plant use. The major needs were facilities and recognition for traditional healers, the protection of traditional healers' ownership to their knowledge against commercial undertakings such as pharmaceutical companies, education on non-destructive plant use, and facilitation of a forum for the descendants of the oldest indigenous inhabitants, the Khoisan, to discuss the co-operative preservation of their indigenous culture and knowledge.

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Format : 188mm x 234mm
Pages : 166
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-1692-6
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-1692-1
Publish Year : 1996
Preface -- Hans Normann
  1. The rationale for using indigenous knowledge in human service provision 
    Kwaku Osei-Hwedie
  2. The influence of traditional health practices on human development: Implications for human service delivery 
    Morena J. Rankopo
  3. Integrating traditional values in a bicultural society
    James Barnes
  4. Traditional herbal medicines: Some key issues in the gathering, recording and development of indigenous knowledge  Nigel Gericke
  5. Relationship between the sources of traditional and Western medicine 
    Isaac Mayeng
  6. Indigenous knowledge systems and health promotion in Mozambique 
    Edward C. Green
  7. Medicinal plants and their uses in Zimbabwe 
    S. Mavi
  8. Traditional medicine - a demonstration 
    Phillip S. Kubukeli
  9. Plant collecting for medicinal purposes: It doesn't have to be a problem 
    Bruce McKenzie, Aadiela Moerat & Dhaneshree Naidoo
  10. Traditional medicinal use of indigenous plants by older coloureds in the Western Cape 
    Monica Ferreira, Karen Charlton & Lauren Impey
  11. Using indigenous knowledge to increase agricultural productivity in Africa 
    Felix D. Dakora
  12. Indigenous knowledge and fertilizer use in Transkei 
    Kevin Phillips-Howard & Chris Oche
  13. The indigenous knowledge movement: Global support for local resource and decision-making control 
    Robert E. Mazur
    Ina Snyman
Hans Norman is a research associate and administrative officer of the institute of Indigenous Theory and Practice, Cape Town.

Ina Snyman is the co-ordinator of the HSRC Co-operative programme: Affordable Social Provision.

Morris Cohen is Executive director of the institute for Indigenous Theory and Practice, Cape Town.

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