Africa's Holy Healers
Sub-Saharan Africa is a religious place. It’s also riddled with disease. AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prey upon Africa’s faithful, often in the prime of their lives. And anemic public health systems can’t carry the cross. And so, into the valleys of death step medical missionaries. They are welcomed by a continent where prayer and pills often go hand in hand. And, they provide some of the best healthcare in Africa. But sometimes doctrine overrules doctor’s orders, and that can leave patients in limbo. We visit Kenya and Uganda to talk with nuns, imams, and priests who are increasingly being called upon to heal the sick.
Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Jordana Gustafson, Matt Ozug, Chris Williams / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo: Gina Bramucci/ HelpAge International 2006. Host: Ray Suarez
Dr. David Sorley and Darlene Sorley share their stories from the nearly three decades they spent working as medical missionaries in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.
Sean Carberry speaks with Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, about the ways religious groups complement and complicate the provision of health care in Africa.