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012018033120180401 (WS)

Can bringing together faith healers and medics help South Africa\u2019s fight against HIV?

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Bound up in a history of mistrust, once outlawed and condemned as witchdoctors, reliant on faith, communications with ancestors and guided by spirits, traditional healers have an uneasy relationship with the conventional medical establishment.

However South Africa’s efforts to control the spread of HIV means traditional healers are being encouraged to collaborate with a biomedical system based on treating patients using scientific evidence.

We look at this unlikely success story – bringing together seemingly incompatible concepts of medicine and health care.

Claudia Hammond speaks to traditional healers and biomedical researchers about the similarities and conflicts in their very different approaches and looks at the practical ways in which healers and medics are coming together to face the challenge of HIV.

Can visits to healers delay patients with diseases such as HIV from getting life-saving medication? Or could they be the key to ensuring every patient can get what they need?

Picture: Baba Ximba, KwaZuluNatal, Credit: Claudia Hammond

Can bringing together faith healers and medics help South Africa\u2019s fight against HIV?

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Bound up in a history of mistrust, once outlawed and condemned as witchdoctors, reliant on faith, communications with ancestors and guided by spirits, traditional healers have an uneasy relationship with the conventional medical establishment.

However South Africa’s efforts to control the spread of HIV means traditional healers are being encouraged to collaborate with a biomedical system based on treating patients using scientific evidence.

We look at this unlikely success story – bringing together seemingly incompatible concepts of medicine and health care.

Claudia Hammond speaks to traditional healers and biomedical researchers about the similarities and conflicts in their very different approaches and looks at the practical ways in which healers and medics are coming together to face the challenge of HIV.

Can visits to healers delay patients with diseases such as HIV from getting life-saving medication? Or could they be the key to ensuring every patient can get what they need?

Picture: Baba Ximba, KwaZuluNatal, Credit: Claudia Hammond

Can bringing together faith healers and medics help South Africa\u2019s fight against HIV?

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Bound up in a history of mistrust, once outlawed and condemned as witchdoctors, reliant on faith, communications with ancestors and guided by spirits, traditional healers have an uneasy relationship with the conventional medical establishment.

However South Africa’s efforts to control the spread of HIV means traditional healers are being encouraged to collaborate with a biomedical system based on treating patients using scientific evidence.

We look at this unlikely success story – bringing together seemingly incompatible concepts of medicine and health care.

Claudia Hammond speaks to traditional healers and biomedical researchers about the similarities and conflicts in their very different approaches and looks at the practical ways in which healers and medics are coming together to face the challenge of HIV.

Can visits to healers delay patients with diseases such as HIV from getting life-saving medication? Or could they be the key to ensuring every patient can get what they need?

Picture: Baba Ximba, KwaZuluNatal, Credit: Claudia Hammond

01Traditional Healers and HIV - The Evidence2018033120180401 (WS)

Can bringing together faith healers and medics help South Africa\u2019s fight against HIV?

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Bound up in a history of mistrust, once outlawed and condemned as witchdoctors, reliant on faith, communications with ancestors and guided by spirits, traditional healers have an uneasy relationship with the conventional medical establishment.

However South Africa’s efforts to control the spread of HIV means traditional healers are being encouraged to collaborate with a biomedical system based on treating patients using scientific evidence.

We look at this unlikely success story – bringing together seemingly incompatible concepts of medicine and health care.

Claudia Hammond speaks to traditional healers and biomedical researchers about the similarities and conflicts in their very different approaches and looks at the practical ways in which healers and medics are coming together to face the challenge of HIV.

Can visits to healers delay patients with diseases such as HIV from getting life-saving medication? Or could they be the key to ensuring every patient can get what they need?

Picture: Baba Ximba, KwaZuluNatal, Credit: Claudia Hammond

01Traditional Healers and HIV - The Evidence20180331

Can bringing together faith healers and medics help South Africa\u2019s fight against HIV?

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Bound up in a history of mistrust, once outlawed and condemned as witchdoctors, reliant on faith, communications with ancestors and guided by spirits, traditional healers have an uneasy relationship with the conventional medical establishment.

However South Africa’s efforts to control the spread of HIV means traditional healers are being encouraged to collaborate with a biomedical system based on treating patients using scientific evidence.

We look at this unlikely success story – bringing together seemingly incompatible concepts of medicine and health care.

Claudia Hammond speaks to traditional healers and biomedical researchers about the similarities and conflicts in their very different approaches and looks at the practical ways in which healers and medics are coming together to face the challenge of HIV.

Can visits to healers delay patients with diseases such as HIV from getting life-saving medication? Or could they be the key to ensuring every patient can get what they need?

Picture: Baba Ximba, KwaZuluNatal, Credit: Claudia Hammond

022018050520180506 (WS)

Claudia Hammond explores health in the context of society with experts from medicine, neuroscience, history and art.

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

How does Science push Civilisation forward? When does Science lead the process and when does it take civilisation down as many wrong paths as it takes us forward. Science has given us understanding of the cosmos, penicillin, the human genome. It has also given us pollution, atomic bombs and a technological divide which means that for many civilisation is split between those who have access to science and its discoveries and those who do not.

The BBC World Service is joining forces with Wellcome Collection to create a new series of events and radio programmes that will explore scientific discoveries and approaches in health in the context of society and civilisation with international experts from the worlds of medicine, neuroscience, history and art.

02Transforming Bodies2018050520180506 (WS)

The human body is evolving new senses like hearing colours with the help of technology

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Claudia Hammond discusses how the body might evolve in the future with the help of technology. Transhumanism pushes the limits of what the human body can do by enhancing the body to give us new senses such as hearing colour. Scientists are looking at whether an extra limb will help us to work harder and be more efficient. The idea that some people could live way forever digitally is becoming possible. But is this all too risky? Could we end up with a super-enhanced elite, leaving the rest of struggling?

Recorded at the Wellcome Collection with a live audience Claudia’s three guests are already pushing towards the limits of what’s currently possible, each in very different ways. Ghislaine Boddington, who’s a Reader in Digital Immersion, Creative Professions and Digital Art at the University of Greenwich, Journalist Frank Swain, who writes for the New Scientist and Tamar Makin who is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Picture: Heart shaped by human and robot hands, Credit: Dimdimich/Getty Images

The human body is evolving new senses like hearing colours with the help of technology

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Claudia Hammond discusses how the body might evolve in the future with the help of technology. Transhumanism pushes the limits of what the human body can do by enhancing the body to give us new senses such as hearing colour. Scientists are looking at whether an extra limb will help us to work harder and be more efficient. The idea that some people could live way forever digitally is becoming possible. But is this all too risky? Could we end up with a super-enhanced elite, leaving the rest of struggling?

Recorded at the Wellcome Collection with a live audience Claudia’s three guests are already pushing towards the limits of what’s currently possible, each in very different ways. Ghislaine Boddington, who’s a Reader in Digital Immersion, Creative Professions and Digital Art at the University of Greenwich, Journalist Frank Swain, who writes for the New Scientist and Tamar Makin who is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Picture: Heart shaped by human and robot hands, Credit: Dimdimich/Getty Images

The human body is evolving new senses like hearing colours with the help of technology

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Claudia Hammond discusses how the body might evolve in the future with the help of technology. Transhumanism pushes the limits of what the human body can do by enhancing the body to give us new senses such as hearing colour. Scientists are looking at whether an extra limb will help us to work harder and be more efficient. The idea that some people could live way forever digitally is becoming possible. But is this all too risky? Could we end up with a super-enhanced elite, leaving the rest of struggling?

Recorded at the Wellcome Collection with a live audience Claudia’s three guests are already pushing towards the limits of what’s currently possible, each in very different ways. Ghislaine Boddington, who’s a Reader in Digital Immersion, Creative Professions and Digital Art at the University of Greenwich, Journalist Frank Swain, who writes for the New Scientist and Tamar Makin who is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Picture: Heart shaped by human and robot hands, Credit: Dimdimich/Getty Images

02Transforming Bodies - The Evidence2018050520180506 (WS)

The human body is evolving new senses like hearing colours with the help of technology

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Claudia Hammond discusses how the body might evolve in the future with the help of technology. Transhumanism pushes the limits of what the human body can do by enhancing the body to give us new senses such as hearing colour. Scientists are looking at whether an extra limb will help us to work harder and be more efficient. The idea that some people could live way forever digitally is becoming possible. But is this all too risky? Could we end up with a super-enhanced elite, leaving the rest of struggling?

Recorded at the Wellcome Collection with a live audience Claudia’s three guests are already pushing towards the limits of what’s currently possible, each in very different ways. Ghislaine Boddington, who’s a Reader in Digital Immersion, Creative Professions and Digital Art at the University of Greenwich, Journalist Frank Swain, who writes for the New Scientist and Tamar Makin who is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Picture: Heart shaped by human and robot hands, Credit: Dimdimich/Getty Images

02Transforming Bodies - The Evidence20180505

The human body is evolving new senses like hearing colours with the help of technology

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Claudia Hammond discusses how the body might evolve in the future with the help of technology. Transhumanism pushes the limits of what the human body can do by enhancing the body to give us new senses such as hearing colour. Scientists are looking at whether an extra limb will help us to work harder and be more efficient. The idea that some people could live way forever digitally is becoming possible. But is this all too risky? Could we end up with a super-enhanced elite, leaving the rest of struggling?

Recorded at the Wellcome Collection with a live audience Claudia’s three guests are already pushing towards the limits of what’s currently possible, each in very different ways. Ghislaine Boddington, who’s a Reader in Digital Immersion, Creative Professions and Digital Art at the University of Greenwich, Journalist Frank Swain, who writes for the New Scientist and Tamar Makin who is a neuroscientist at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Picture: Heart shaped by human and robot hands, Credit: Dimdimich/Getty Images

03Building Better Healthcare - The Evidence20180602

Building a healthcare system: who gets treated and who pays? Innovation maybe the key.

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Healthcare is not only a human right but key to sustainable societies. If you could build a healthcare system from scratch, how would you design it? We hear from Dr Bailor Barrie who grew up in poverty in Sierra Leone, survived war and near death to fulfil his dream to become a doctor only to discover if you didn’t have money you couldn’t afford health care. Travelling to one of the areas most devastated by the war he co-founded the Wellbody Alliance and has transformed health care in the Kono district. Claudia asks about his experience of setting up clinics in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of war and natural disasters such as Ebola. Professor Dina Balabanova from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine surveys the countries in the world with surprisingly effective health services, emphasising that it’s not how much money you spend, but how you spend it and innovation is everything. Nayanabhiram Kalnad explains how digital healthcare is making medicine more equitable and from his company’s experience how doctors manage ever increasing demands in India.

Picture: Medical symbol, Credit: Getty Images

03Building Better Healthcare - The Evidence2018060220180603 (WS)

Building a healthcare system: who gets treated and who pays? Innovation maybe the key.

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Healthcare is not only a human right but key to sustainable societies. If you could build a healthcare system from scratch, how would you design it? We hear from Dr Bailor Barrie who grew up in poverty in Sierra Leone, survived war and near death to fulfil his dream to become a doctor only to discover if you didn’t have money you couldn’t afford health care. Travelling to one of the areas most devastated by the war he co-founded the Wellbody Alliance and has transformed health care in the Kono district. Claudia asks about his experience of setting up clinics in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of war and natural disasters such as Ebola. Professor Dina Balabanova from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine surveys the countries in the world with surprisingly effective health services, emphasising that it’s not how much money you spend, but how you spend it and innovation is everything. Nayanabhiram Kalnad explains how digital healthcare is making medicine more equitable and from his company’s experience how doctors manage ever increasing demands in India.

Picture: Medical symbol, Credit: Getty Images

The Evidence03Building Better Healthcare2018060220180603 (WS)

Building a healthcare system: who gets treated and who pays? Innovation maybe the key.

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Healthcare is not only a human right but key to sustainable societies. If you could build a healthcare system from scratch, how would you design it? We hear from Dr Bailor Barrie who grew up in poverty in Sierra Leone, survived war and near death to fulfil his dream to become a doctor only to discover if you didn’t have money you couldn’t afford health care. Travelling to one of the areas most devastated by the war he co-founded the Wellbody Alliance and has transformed health care in the Kono district. Claudia asks about his experience of setting up clinics in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of war and natural disasters such as Ebola. Professor Dina Balabanova from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine surveys the countries in the world with surprisingly effective health services, emphasising that it’s not how much money you spend, but how you spend it and innovation is everything. Nayanabhiram Kalnad explains how digital healthcare is making medicine more equitable and from his company’s experience how doctors manage ever increasing demands in India.

Picture: Medical symbol, Credit: Getty Images

The Evidence03Building Better Healthcare20180602

Building a healthcare system: who gets treated and who pays? Innovation maybe the key.

Claudia Hammond joins scientists and experts to explore science\u2019s effect on our world

Healthcare is not only a human right but key to sustainable societies. If you could build a healthcare system from scratch, how would you design it? We hear from Dr Bailor Barrie who grew up in poverty in Sierra Leone, survived war and near death to fulfil his dream to become a doctor only to discover if you didn’t have money you couldn’t afford health care. Travelling to one of the areas most devastated by the war he co-founded the Wellbody Alliance and has transformed health care in the Kono district. Claudia asks about his experience of setting up clinics in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of war and natural disasters such as Ebola. Professor Dina Balabanova from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine surveys the countries in the world with surprisingly effective health services, emphasising that it’s not how much money you spend, but how you spend it and innovation is everything. Nayanabhiram Kalnad explains how digital healthcare is making medicine more equitable and from his company’s experience how doctors manage ever increasing demands in India.

Picture: Medical symbol, Credit: Getty Images