Recent research indicates that biomedical response to the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in low income African countries is impacted by poor health care seeking, non-adherence to medication and poor continuation with hospital care. One of the potential entry points to addressing these challenges is improving patient trust in doctors. My research examines how improving patient trust in doctors can be used as a lens for NCD response in low income rural Africa. I conducted a qualitative inquiry in two typically rural districts of Tanzania to examine whether trust matters, what is it and the factors shaping patients and provider experiences of trust in both western and traditional hypertension care. The presentation examines one of the key findings: how the interplay of western and traditional practice shape patients’ trusting choices?
About Kahabi Isangula
I am a final year PhD student at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. Before joining UNSW, I worked with the Management Science for Health as a Deputy Director of the CDC-funded Tanzania Institutional Capacity Building project. My overall responsibility was designing, managing, coordinating and implementing all capacity building/organisational development interventions targeting central agencies of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Prior to that I worked as a health service researcher for a local health advocacy organization, a technical manager for two international organisations, a consultant for different clients and a medical doctor in two hospitals. Collectively, I have 8+ of experience in clinical medicine, health services and public health in Tanzania. I have an MD from Muhimbili University (Tanzania), an MPH from Johns Hopkins (USA) and an Associate Degree in Business administration.