Disability and rehabilitation in Zimbabwe: Lessons and implications for rehabilitation practice in the U.S.

Elias Mpofu, Debra A. Harley

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Abstract

Rehabilitation in Zimbabwe is a combination of systems involving formal (scientific) and nonformal (traditional) systems. Sometimes, Zimbabweans with disabilities believe the traditional approach involving healers is more credible than the scientific approach. Similarly, some persons with disabilities from minority backgrounds in the U.S. trust and prefer a more traditional approach involving spiritual attributes. This article presents perspectives of rehabilitation in Zimbabwe and explores lessons that rehabilitation in the U.S. can incorporate from Zimbabwe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Volume68
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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