56-year-old Fransura Kavori recovers from an attack of Plasmodium falciparum malaria at the Mebung Primary Health Centre at remote Alor Island in eastern Indonesia. Her nurse, Dian Adiana of the Ministry of Health, takes a follow up blood sample to check on the progress of her therapy against the infection. Ms. Kavori happens to be the malaria volunteer worker and traditional healer of her home village. Traditional healing is a very important element of healthcare in Indonesia, with many dozens of defined herbal remedies for common ailments collectively referred to as “jamu”. Traditional healers, however, acknowledge and understand their limits, as Ms. Kavori’s presence at hospital demonstrates. Malaria is well known to be out of the healing reach of traditional jamu.
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