Africa's Holy Healers

Africa's Holy Healers

Sub-Saharan Africa is a religious place. It’s also riddled with disease. AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prey upon Africa’s faithful, often in the prime of their lives. And anemic public health systems can’t carry the cross. And so, into the valleys of death step medical missionaries. They are welcomed by a continent where prayer and pills often go hand in hand. And, they provide some of the best healthcare in Africa. But sometimes doctrine overrules doctor’s orders, and that can leave patients in limbo. We visit Kenya and Uganda to talk with nuns, imams, and priests who are increasingly being called upon to heal the sick. 

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Jordana Gustafson, Matt Ozug, Chris Williams / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo: Gina Bramucci/ HelpAge International 2006.  Host: Ray Suarez

Field Report from Kenya

Jordana Gustafson reports from Kenya on the critical role faith-based organizations are playing in the country’s health care system.

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The Campaign to Kick Polio Out of Nigeria

Ray Suarez explores how Muslim leaders first endangered, and then enlivened, the campaign to kick polio out of Nigeria.

Medical missionaries in Ethiopia

Dr. David Sorley and Darlene Sorley share their stories from the nearly three decades they spent working as medical missionaries in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.

Field Report from Uganda

Matt Ozug examines how religious actors are taking on the fight against AIDS in Uganda, and the controversy surrounding their approach in this heavily Christian country.

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The ways religious groups complement and complicate health care in Africa

Sean Carberry speaks with Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, about the ways religious groups complement and complicate the provision of health care in Africa.