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Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Zanzibar's traditional healers with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered by authorities keen to regulate the practitioners who treat everything from depression to hernias.
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September 16, 2019
Zanzibar's traditional healers with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Zanzibar's traditional healers with their toolkits of herbs, holy scriptures and massages are being registered by authorities keen to regulate the practitioners who treat everything from depression to hernias, including this infant, Ahee Bom, whose skin began to significantly darken and peel off in large strips. A traditional healer bathed him with two scrubs made from leaves. About 340 healers have been registered since Zanzibar, a region of the east African country of Tanzania, passed the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act in 2009. There are an estimated 2,000 more healers, or mgangas, hoping to register, said Hassan Combo, the government registrar at the council that records them.

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September 16, 2019
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee, 56, has already registered. She tends to patients at her busy clinic...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee, 56, has already registered. She tends to patients at her busy clinic where women line up in the early morning sun cradling their sick children. Here, Mwanahija Mzee massages three-month-old infant Abduli Juma, brought by his mother Semeni because he is very lethargic and can't hold his head up. The healer believes that the baby is possessed by supernatural spirits like djinns. However, hospital doctors say he has an incurable brain issue.

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September 15, 2019
One family seeks relief for their child Muhammad, seen here with his mother Nadra, suffering from an...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
One family seeks relief for their child Muhammad, seen here with his mother Nadra, suffering from an umbilical hernia, scared that if they bring the child to hospital for surgery he will die.

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September 16, 2019
"People come here because I actually help them. I met many patients that went to hospital first and got...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
"People come here because I actually help them. I met many patients that went to hospital first and got no help or the medicine didn't work, said Mwanahija Mzee (pictured). "This is my job six days a week for more than 20 years so I do better, know more than them. Patients that come to me don't die." Her parents were also traditional healers in Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

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September 15, 2019
Traditional healer Sahihi Mrisho 67, holds medicinal roots in Makunduchi village, in Zanzibar City. Mrisho...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Traditional healer Sahihi Mrisho 67, holds medicinal roots in Makunduchi village, in Zanzibar City. Mrisho grows and forages most of the medicines he uses in his practice and was trained by his parents who were both healers. To be registered, mgangas must be aged at least 18, have at least three years of experience and have a recommendation letter from a trained mganga. A council of 11 members that can include birth attendants, respected healers, village elders and lawyers approve the applications each month. While the government does not try to dictate healers' methods, it tries to work with them on quality control, government registrar Combo said, for example ensuring plants used in medicines are of the same standard.

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September 15, 2019
A sheikh tries to rouse a woman by pouring water on her neck. The woman believes she is possessed by...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
A sheikh tries to rouse a woman by pouring water on her neck. The woman believes she is possessed by supernatural spirits like djinns. A group facilitated by the registrars office links doctors with traditional healers to give them some medical education on specific diseases like hypertension, diabetes and pregnancy. The mgangas share information with the doctors about patient statistics and needs, he said.

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September 15, 2019
Some healers use herbs. Others use scriptures from the Muslim holy book, the Koran. Most use both. Belief...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Some healers use herbs. Others use scriptures from the Muslim holy book, the Koran. Most use both. Belief in supernatural spirits like djinns features strongly.

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September 16, 2019
Some healers, like Haji Mrisho, mainly give blessings to pregnant women to prevent their unborn babies...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Some healers, like Haji Mrisho, mainly give blessings to pregnant women to prevent their unborn babies being possessed by djinns. Others, like sheikhs at the Shifaa Herbal clinic, read the Koran to cast out the djinns blamed for many maladies.

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September 16, 2019
Mwanahija Mzee uses a mix of massages, medicines from roots, herbs and leaves and Koranic verses, which...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Mwanahija Mzee uses a mix of massages, medicines from roots, herbs and leaves and Koranic verses, which may be written on a plate in red food coloring. The plate is then rinsed, and the water ingested as part of the medicinal regimen.

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September 15, 2019
Some patients say they trust traditional healers over the overcrowded, underfunded public hospitals where...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Some patients say they trust traditional healers over the overcrowded, underfunded public hospitals where many feel their ailments are not treated properly. Fatawi Haji Hafidh (pictured), manager at Makunduchi Hospital, the second-largest government-run hospital on Zanzibar's main island, says overstretched doctors and nurses may not have the time to see patients or the diagnostic equipment. Patients may also be unable to afford the medicine prescribed, or they may stop taking it before the course is finished, leading them to relapse and adding to their suspicion of government-run facilities, he said. Many simply believe djinns are the problem.

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September 15, 2019
Fatma Hamad took her two-year-old daughter to hospital after one of the toddler's legs became paralyzed...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Fatma Hamad took her two-year-old daughter to hospital after one of the toddler's legs became paralyzed during a high fever. Unable to find the problem through X-rays, the hospital recommended she seek out a traditional healer. Mwanahija Mzee massages the child and after a few appointments, her mobility is slowly improving. The mother has taken this as proof that the illness was caused by possession, "Must be a djinn, as Bi Mwanhija said," Hamad said.

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September 16, 2019
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee holds four-week-old patient Mundhir Nasoor, who wouldn't feed. She...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee holds four-week-old patient Mundhir Nasoor, who wouldn't feed. She diagnosed him as having too high an iron intake during gestation as the primary reason for illness. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 16, 2019
Murtazha Hamis, 11, brought in after suffering a stroke resulting in partial paralysis, does push-ups...
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Murtazha Hamis, 11, brought in after suffering a stroke resulting in partial paralysis, does push-ups at Bi Mwanahija Mzee's clinic. Mwanahija Mzee has been massaging Murtazha and prescribing him herbal baths for the past year. The boy's family credits the healer with helping the child regain mobility. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 16, 2019
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee (C) checks the diaper of a child who was brought in for constipation....
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Traditional healer Bi Mwanahija Mzee (C) checks the diaper of a child who was brought in for constipation. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
Thwanaidi Juma sits with her daughter Shaimaa Ahmed, one and a half years old, at Bi Mwanahija Mzee's...
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Thwanaidi Juma sits with her daughter Shaimaa Ahmed, one and a half years old, at Bi Mwanahija Mzee's clinic. Shaimaa can't walk. Her mother went to the hospital but was told that nothing was wrong with the child so she came to Bi Mwanahija Mzee's clinic. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
Bi Mwanahija Mzee massages pregnant patient Maryam Juma. This is Maryam's fifth pregnancy after three...
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Bi Mwanahija Mzee massages pregnant patient Maryam Juma. This is Maryam's fifth pregnancy after three miscarriages and one stillborn. Both she and the healer believe the reason is because the children in the uterus were possessed by supernatural spirits. Juma comes to the healer for reassurance, herbs and prayers that this baby will survive. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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Hidaya Rayabu, 22, looks at her infant daughter hours after giving birth at Makunduchi Hospital. REUTERS/Nicky...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Hidaya Rayabu, 22, looks at her infant daughter hours after giving birth at Makunduchi Hospital. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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Hidaya Rayabu (C), 22, laughs with her husband, Mohammed, who holds their six-day-old daughter Jamillah....
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Hidaya Rayabu (C), 22, laughs with her husband, Mohammed, who holds their six-day-old daughter Jamillah. Mohammed travels for two hours by bus twice a week to see his wife and baby, who are staying with female relatives for the first 30 days after giving birth, to reduce the strain of taking care of the household. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 16, 2019
A baby brought to Bi Mwanahija Mzee for help with a hair growth pattern looks at the camera. REUTERS/Nicky...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
A baby brought to Bi Mwanahija Mzee for help with a hair growth pattern looks at the camera. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
Apprentice healer Salama holds a knife used for cutting herbs at Bi Mwanahija Mzee's clinic. REUTERS/Nicky...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Apprentice healer Salama holds a knife used for cutting herbs at Bi Mwanahija Mzee's clinic. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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Bi Mwanahija Mzee puts fresh leaves to be boiled as medicine in the purse of Khadija Salum. Salum is...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Bi Mwanahija Mzee puts fresh leaves to be boiled as medicine in the purse of Khadija Salum. Salum is a mother of a one-year-old boy, Amar, who was brought in to the healer because he has seizures which started with a high fever at six months old. The healer is convinced that they are brought on by supernatural spirits like djinns. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 16, 2019
An ornate tea service sits in a room recently renovated to film the YouTube channel of sheikh Salum,...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
An ornate tea service sits in a room recently renovated to film the YouTube channel of sheikh Salum, the founder of Shifaa Herbal Clinic in Zanzibar City. Sheikhs at the Shifaa Herbal clinic read the Koran to cast out what they believe are supernatural spirits like djinns that are blamed for many maladies. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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A woman screams as she is treated for what she believes is possession by supernatural spirits, while...
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A woman screams as she is treated for what she believes is possession by supernatural spirits, while other women pray at the Shifaa Herbal Clinic. People who visit the clinic believe that they can be cured of physical, spiritual and mental illnesses caused by djinn possession while listening to a sheikh recite words from the Koran. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
A sheikh at the Shifaa Herbal Clinic holds onto a woman who is treated for what she believes is possession...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
A sheikh at the Shifaa Herbal Clinic holds onto a woman who is treated for what she believes is possession by supernatural spirits. The woman had convulsions and fell to the floor during the process. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
A sheikh tries to rouse a woman, believes she is possessed by supernatural spirits, by pouring water...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
A sheikh tries to rouse a woman, believes she is possessed by supernatural spirits, by pouring water on her neck. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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Women gather their things in preparation for departure after a Koranic recitation at the Shifaa Herbal...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Women gather their things in preparation for departure after a Koranic recitation at the Shifaa Herbal Clinic. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 15, 2019
Parents wait in the waiting room at Jang'ombe vaccination clinic in Zanzibar City. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Parents wait in the waiting room at Jang'ombe vaccination clinic in Zanzibar City. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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September 16, 2019
Patient files lie on shelves at Kidongo Chekundu Hospital, Zanzibar's only psychiatric ward in Zanzibar...
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Patient files lie on shelves at Kidongo Chekundu Hospital, Zanzibar's only psychiatric ward in Zanzibar City. Some families believe that mental illness is caused by being possessed by supernatural spirits like djinns, and so rarely bring patients to the hospital until the situation is dire. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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Low tide is seen in Jambiani village, Zanzibar. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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The Wider Image: Tanzania's Zanzibar begins to register traditional healers
Low tide is seen in Jambiani village, Zanzibar. REUTERS/Nicky Woo
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