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Fetters “Batu Balender" Alifuru Tribe in The Buru Island, Maluku Indonesia
Usman - Usman

Last modified: 2018-08-20


Tuberculosis (TB) is still a global health problem especially in developing countries. An estimated one third of the world's population has been infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.TB). Health agencies worldwide (World health Organization/WHO), stated that TB is currently a global threat. Indonesia is one country of the 27 countries in the world with MDR TB cases, have been identified there are 85% of MDR TB resistant TB in the world.

Etnography qualitative research design, was conducted to determine and reveal the meaning of health seeking behavior in patients "Batu Balender" or TB in Buru islands Maluku Indonesia hurry. The research data was collected through interviews with 15 informants who come from all risk groups directly related to TB. In addition, the observation is done to ensure the validity of the data.

Results showed hereditary Alifuru trust diseases are categorized into three namely, natural illness, sick submissions, and ancestral curse pain. Indigenous peoples believe in Batu Balender or TB is a disease of the ancestral curse that can not be cured anymore. They know the "Orang Pintar" who is believed to be the holder of natural medicinal plants to treat TB, the leaves and bark. Tribes gain access to health services for Observed Treatment (DOTS) all failed in the treatment caused a local tradition rules forbid taking the drugs if there is news of deaths and Health Care Centere or Hospital becomes a literal House of Death. The results of this study suggest that an increase in education and counseling for TB treatment to be much improved in health improvement efforts.

The authors acknowledge the Head of Buru Health Service to provide data and technical support and Alex Pan to read the manuscript draft and provide meaningful insights.