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Empowering Communities : Reviving Traditional Medicine for Sustainable Health and Poverty Reduction

Author(s) Lucille L.Bautista, Aristeo C. Salapa
Country Philippines
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes toward the utilization of traditional medicinal plants and their impact on health improvement and poverty alleviation among the residents of Barangay Mintal, Davao City. The primary goal was to provide essential baseline data to support the enhancement of Republic Act 8423 (PITAHC), which aimed to enhance the quality and delivery of healthcare services in the Philippines by developing traditional and alternative healthcare and integrating it into the national healthcare system.
The study was conducted at Barangay Mintal, Davao City, with a population of 18,677 (City Population, 2020), the study focused on a community that, despite being highly urbanized and diverse in tribal representation, continued to rely on traditional herbal medicine for treating illnesses within their homes. The preference for herbal medicines stemmed from their accessibility, ease of preparation, cost-effectiveness, and perceived efficacy, in alignment with indigenous traditions.
Utilizing in-depth interviews and documentation through qualitative analysis, the research sought to explore the community's knowledge and attitudes regarding herbal usage. The study aimed to determine whether such practices contributed to alleviating health-related expenses within families. Ten respondents, aged 18-60, were randomly selected for in-depth interviews, utilizing open-ended questions.
The qualitative analysis brought to light the need for the revitalization of traditional herbal medicine practices within the barangay and health centers. Collaborative efforts with the Department of Health (DOH) were recommended, emphasizing the establishment of educational programs to raise community awareness. These programs would focus on improving practices, ensuring correct usage, and promoting the protection and conservation of medicinal plants. The findings also highlighted the importance of extending this knowledge to other barangays and schools.
Keywords Herbal medicine, underprivileged, Barangay
Field Sociology > Health
Published In Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024
Published On 2024-01-09
Cite This Empowering Communities : Reviving Traditional Medicine for Sustainable Health and Poverty Reduction - Lucille L.Bautista, Aristeo C. Salapa - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.11574
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