April 15, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Database

This interactive database allows users to explore public opinion in 19 sub-Saharan African nations on topics ranging from religious beliefs and practices to views on religious extremism and morality.

The findings come from more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews in more than 60 languages or dialects in 19 countries, representing 75% of the total population of sub-Saharan Africa. The data are among the results published in a report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

African Traditions › Traditional Religious Healers

Do you or your family ever use traditional religious healers?

Select a response option and use the arrows to sort the data alphabetically, by total population, among Christians or among Muslims.

Percent responding “yes”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
46
43
NA
Cameroon
58
57
57
Chad
61
46
68
Djibouti
41
NA
42
DR Congo
31
29
36
Ethiopia
39
39
38
Ghana
42
40
33
Guinea Bissau
56
59
50
Kenya
18
19
13
Liberia
47
37
55
Mali
53
NA
55
Mozambique
24
24
26
Nigeria
32
26
35
Rwanda
11
11
NA
Senegal
74
NA
73
South Africa
48
47
NA
Tanzania
43
35
53
Uganda
24
23
24
Zambia
26
26
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q68i. And do you or your family ever use traditional religious healers when someone is sick?

Note: In countries where there were too few interviews with either Muslims or Christians, that subpopulation was not analyzed. Figures may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Read the survey methodology and the topline questionnaire.