multiple cities, Tanzania
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.