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Title: The Ogiek indigenous healer as a purveyor of indigenous knowledge : the implications for sustainable development in Kenya
Author: Mwangi, M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis seeks to determine the effectual relationship, if any, between the Indigenous Knowledge (IK) of the Ogiek Indigenous Medical Practitioner (IMP) regarding Ogiek Indigenous Medicine (IM) and Ogiek Indigenous Forest Related Knowledge (IFRK). This relationship is examined through the lens of sustainable development in Kenya. Specifically, this research explores issues pertaining to affordable, effective and locally-based health care regarding two opportunistic infections of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, and Ogiek IFRK regarding the management of the natural resources of the Mau forest. This research further analyses the relationship between the Ogiek communities connection to their ancestral land and mental health, with the aim of postulating the potential applicability of the findings in today’s world. This dissertation explores such a relationship, where the Ogiek IMP plays a vital role in the Ogiek community not only as a health-care provider but also as a facilitator of sustainable forest and biodiversity conservation. As land-based economy, Kenya’s management of natural resources is crucial in planning future development strategies. As a developing economy, inadequate healthcare provisions can potentially create a developmental challenge. It is within context of self-determination that the utility of IFRK and IM from the Ogiek IMP is positioned to play a pivotal role in facilitating the process of sustainable development in the fields of healthcare and natural resource management in Kenya.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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