Dr Charlotte Baker is working with external partners to scope out a toolkit for public health workers. The aim of the toolkit is to enable public health practitioners to deliver effective interventions to address the impact of certain beliefs in witchcraft on people affected by particular health conditions and disabilities.
A workshop in May will bring together experts from Namibia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the UK to better understand spiritual explanations for health conditions and disabilities, to identify commonalities and highlight good practice, providing the research base on which to develop an online toolkit for practitioners.
Access to the toolkit will enable public health practitioners to gain the skills and expertise needed to enable communities to better understand the rational, scientific explanations behind what are often construed as signs of witchcraft.
Key partners in this work include the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network, Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia, the Sierra Leone Autistic Society and University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria.
The work is funded by a grant from the UKRI GCRF Growth Fund, which extends the scope and reach of Dr Baker’s AHRC GCRF funded Disability and Inclusion project.