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malcolm-de-roubaixMalcolm de Roubaix

In contemporary biomedical and philosophical discourse, traditional African culture has been largely usurped by Western colonial influence. Traditional culture, however, may still have a significant influence on the thinking and actions of many Africans. The question is whether this implies a unique version of bioethics; even if not, should biomedical researchers ignore these traditional dynamics? To what extent can the services of traditional healers be utilised particularly in HIV/AIDS cure research? Working to incorporate traditional healers and integrate relevant aspects of the communitarian ideal (as advised by local community partners) should be an essential element of (South) African HIV cure research.

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