HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Madrid, Spain or Virtually from your home or work.
Madrid, Spain
September 05-07, 2024
ICTM 2019

Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani

Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani, Speaker at Traditional Medicine Congress
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Title : Decolonizing minds attitudes and practices of health practitioners


Centuries of western colonization has destroyed the trust between indigenous health practitioners, patients and the western trained health practitioners. As a result, patients abandon their medications including ARVs, and an increased number of ARV defaulters. Dual consultations present serious challenges such overdose and toxicity due to lack of communication and referral system. The presentation will focus on the cyclical processes of decolonization applied among communities, indigenous and allopathic health practitioners in management of HIV and AIDS in postcolonial Africa. Participatory action research design model was used and six processes of decolonization applied. The outcome was change of mind-set where they acknowledged that: ‘neither health system is better than the other, they should complement each other’ and patients do not belong to any of the two systems and should be allowed to exercise their beliefs ’and rights”.


Prof MS Nemutandani graduated from University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 1989. He received Masters in Public Health ( MPH) at University of Venda, Masters in Medicine( MSc) and Masters in Community Dentistry ( M ChD) at University of the Witwatersrand, and PhD at University of Pretoria. He has spent more than 20 years working with indigenous health practitioners. He was presented research work to more than 100 conferences and workshops papers locally and internationally. He is currently the CEO and Head of School of Dentistry at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.