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E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management

E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management Vol. 4 (6) pp. 0275-0292, July 2013; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2141-7466

Preferences for complementary and alternative HIV and AIDS treatment among rural residents in Zimbabwe

Chitura Miriam 1 * , Manyanhaire Itai Offat 1 *
1 Lecture, Faculty of science and technology
2 Lecturer, Geography and Environmental Studies
*Corresponding Author E-mail: the Zimbabwe Open University
Accepted 25 July 2013


This was a cross sectional survey of the residentsÒ† perceptions on preferences for alternative and complementary treatments in wards 29 and 30 of Makoni District of Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. Data was collected using a closed questionnaire in which the respondents were instructed to indicate yes or no on the statements provided. The objective of the study was to establish preferences for complementary and alternative treatment for HIV and AIDS among rural residents of Zimbabwe. The residents in Wards 29 and 30 have shown high levels of awareness of treatments for HIV/AIDS. They were both for the alternative and complementary treatments as shown by their acknowledgement of the need to have both ARVs and local traditional herbs .These belief systems have a strong bearing on preferences for treatments for HIV/AIDS and other diseases in general. Religious beliefs significantly shaped individualsÒ† views and opinions on HIV/AIDS treatment within the study area since they provided a sense of peace and hope, and can also help people to prepare for and accept death.

Keywords: HIV and AIDS; Rural residents; Alternative treatment; Complimentary treatment; ARV

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