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THETA starts Digitalising 1990s Ethnobotanical and Traditional Healers Surveys

There is limited documentation of indigenous knowledge in Africa, Uganda inclusive posing a major risk to its sustainable preservation. In efforts to address partly the above challenge, the Ministry of Health, under the ‘Ethnomedicine in Uganda’ project, conducted Ethnobotanical and Traditional Healers Surveys (1990-1995) the first of its kind in Uganda, covering 23 districts.

The survey documented a rich baseline information on traditional medicine in Uganda that is critical for research, training and capacity Development for Traditional Medicine sub sector in Uganda. However the key challenges with the above survey are: 1) The available reports are in hard copies which is an unsustainable method of keeping this type of knowledge 2) Access is difficult.

In partnership with PHARMBIOTRAC – Mbarara University of Science and Technology, THETA has embarked on digitalization and centralization of the ethnobotanical surveys to enhance preservation and wider access for traditional medicine research.

Download Sample Survey attached below:

More are available in the THETA resource center

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