Laurent Umans

The rapid appraisal of a knowledge system: the health system of Guarani indians in Bolivia

Local leaders in south eastern Bolivia identified a rapid decline in the number of traditional healers (payes) and concluded that their indigenous health system was at risk. They commissioned an appraisal of indigenous health knowledge to improve understanding and come up with a plan of action. The article describes the methodology used, including how the people moved from analysis to action plans, and also some of the outcomes of the exercise.