Higher education’s role to decolonise health care

What has previously surfaced in the media and is a topic fresh on the mind of any progressive-thinking passionate health care professional is the need for the decolonisation of the medical sciences curricula in South Africa.  

natural health deconolisationFinally people are getting the idea – to become health professionals effective within the fairly unique South African context, we need to be educated in a way that prepares us for a future in service to patients within the context of South African communities. The alignment of curricula with the decolonisation agenda will reap great benefits for the currently fragmented and heavily- challenged South African health care system.
 
Firstly, there is a major misconception that healthcare and science curricula cannot be decolonised. This is absolutely false and moving forward with decolonised curricula is absolutely crucial for the way forward for South African health systems. The training of health care professionals at an adequate standard is essential to providing quality care and patient satisfaction and is critical in providing care that reduces morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, training health professionals in our unique South African and African context is equally crucial to provide care that is context-specific and culture-sensitive to those benefiting from the care of health professionals.Read more…

Source: news24.com

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