Who are ‘Informal Health Providers’ and what do they do? Perspectives from medical anthropology

Abstract

This paper explores gaps and limitations in the conceptualisation, methodology and policy implications of debates about informal health care providers by examining a cross section of empirical studies. Drawing on a tradition of critical medical anthropology, we argue that existing debates hinge on a particular understanding of what constitutes appropriate knowledge and on particular expectations of how economic actors in the medical marketplace will behave.

Citation

IDS Working Paper Volume 2009 No. 334, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 25 pp.

Who are ‘Informal Health Providers’ and what do they do? Perspectives from medical anthropology

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