First Advisor

Franco, Marie-Dominique

Second Advisor

Finn, Christine

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Finn, Christine


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

77 pages


Before actually visiting the country, the author theorized that as the health care system is being transformed from traditional to modern health care in the country of Madagascar, the traditional aspect of health care needs to be heavily incorporated in the transition. In this way, efficacy could be maximized and the cultural practices could be protected. After traveling to Madagascar in 2011 to conduct research as part of her study abroad program, the author found she had had underestimated the extent to which biomedicine was already present in the country. As she visited and interviewed traditional healers, toured biomedical hospitals, and lived in solidarity with Malagasy families, she learned that the problem was not that biomedicine had not yet been introduced, but that most Malagasy families do not have access to or cannot afford clean drinking water, let alone prescription medication or biomedical services. She quickly learned that the opposite of her proposed thesis seemed to be the case in Madagascar.

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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