Today, scientific and technological advancements, coupled with growing international and philanthropic investment, are making strides in addressing the “supply-side” challenges of immunization. Addressing the “demand side” challenges assumes relatively greater importance for expanding immunization coverage.
In considering African health care practice, it is usual to draw strong distinctions between biomedical and traditional practices, and between public and private health institutions. Whilst distinctions between traditional and biomedical, and between public and private medicine make sense from the vantage point of health professionals, we question how far these distinctions are pertinent in shaping health-seeking behaviour given experience of them. This paper argues that other distinctions are becoming far more important to African therapeutic landscapes to the ways that people evaluate the salience of different health providers to their problems.