Religion and Health Care in East Africa
Lessons from Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia

5: Ethiopia

This chapter focuses on religion and health in Ethiopia. The two basic questions motivating this study are answered through the research of this chapter: “What is the role of religion in the Social Determinants of Health?”; and “How is it connected to outcomes?” The political, economic, health, and religious contexts of Ethiopia are reviewed. Ethiopia is an ancient and significantly rural state that by African standards is relatively poor. Religion plays an essential role in Ethiopia with regard to both the provision and seeking of health care. Ethiopians convey a holistic view of health, in place for a very long time. Traditional healing continues to be important; even those who believe in modern medicine may begin their process of health-seeking with that option.

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