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Table 1 Demographic and other characteristics of 19 traditional healers in Vanuatu

From: Traditional healers and the potential for collaboration with the national tuberculosis programme in Vanuatu: results from a mixed methods study

Characteristic§ Number Percentage
Sex (n = 19)   
  Male 18 95
Age group (n = 19)   
  18-29 years 1 5
  30-39 years 1 5
  40-49 years 3 16
  50-59 years 3 16
  60 years and over 4 21
  Age group not recorded 7 37
Location (n = 19)   
  Epi 3 16
  Port Vila 5 16
  Santo 4 21
  Tanna 7 37
Name of healer (n = 17)   
  Kleva* 1 6
  Kastom^ dokta # (or dokta) 7 41
  Healer 1 6
  Other 8 47
Length of time as healer (n = 15)   
  1-4 years 2 13
  5-9 years 3 20
  10-19 years 4 27
  20 years of more 6 40
How learned to be a healer (n = 19)   
  Ancestors 1 5
  Grandparents 3 16
  Parents 4 21
  Spirit or God 5 26
  Other 6 32
Number of people in community (n = 15)   
  51-100 4 27
  101-200 2 13
  200 or more 9 60
Number of people treated in a year (n = 12)   
  Less than 50 1 8
  51-100 2 17
  101-200 2 17
  201 or more 7 58
  1. §n = number of valid responses. All percentages were calculated as a proportion of the number of valid responses, which are indicated in brackets.
  2. *Kleva: Bislama word for a traditional healer or traditional medical practitioner.
  3. ^Kastom: The word that people in Vanuatu use to characterise their own knowledge and practice in distinction to everything they identify as having come from outside their place.
  4. # Dokta: Bislama translation of the word “doctor”. Kastom dokta refers to a traditional healer in Vanuatu.
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