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The importance of the African ethics of ubuntu and traditional African healing systems for Black South African women's health in the context of HIV and AIDS.

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This study takes the concept of ubuntu, which means humanness and applies it to healthcare issues in general, and women's health, in particular. Ubuntu is based on the reality of interdependence and relatedness. It is a philosophy or way of life that finds its roots and meaning in humanity. The values espoused in ubuntu emphasize caring, sharing, reciprocity, co-operation, compassion and empathy in recognition that for human beings to develop, flourish and reach their full potential, they need to conduct their relationships in a manner that promotes the well-being of others. The values championed in ubuntu are what inform and shape African cultural, social, political and ethical thought and action.


Thesis (Ph.D.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2007.


Philosophy, African., Social values--South Africa., Social ethics--South Africa., AIDS (Disease)--South Africa., AIDS (Disease)--Treatment--South Africa., Women, Black--Health and hygiene--South Africa., Theses--Ethics., Women, Black--Medical care--South Africa., Traditional medicine--South Africa., Healing--South Africa., Ubuntu (Philosophy)