In continuation of our partnership with traditional Healers, on the 22nd to the 24th of June 2016 we had an interview with the E news Channel (403 on dstv) featuring Adri Ludick our Programme Development Manager, one of the traditional Healers who received early warning signs training from CHOC and Phumeza Mdabe our ambassador and parent of a child who is currently on remission. The story played on the E news Channel continuously for three days as part of the various news bulletins.
There are more than 200 000 traditional Healers active throughout the country and 82% of the South African population makes use of traditional medicines. It’s a fact that many parents first consult traditional Healers prior to seeing medical doctors which results in valuable time being lost in diagnosing cancer.
To prevent delays, at CHOC we continue to try bridging the gap between western and traditional medicine. Since 2013, we have trained over three thousand traditional Healers on childhood cancer and the early warning signs thereof. We have found it is better for traditional Healers to rather know where and how to refer a child than to try treating an illness they do not understand and have no knowledge of.
"The worst thing that traditional Healers can do is to pierce lumps…When you pierce a lump the cancer might spread and cause possible death,” Says Adri Ludick CHOC’s Programme Manager.
CHOC also makes people aware of the myths and beliefs of childhood cancer. A recent disturbing fact emerged from our encounters whereby many traditional Healers, especially those living in the rural areas, never knew that black children could get cancer. We also teach communities that cancer is not a curse or contagious but a treatable diseases if caught early.
The video is available on our website www.choc.org.za and the video link is below: