• This study aimed at investigating the acquisition,
    transfer and preservation of Indigenous Knowledge by
    traditional healers in Chibombo District. The objectives of the
    study were to explore how traditional healers acquired
    Indigenous Medical Knowledge, identify the methods used
    during IMK transfer, identify the methods which were used by
    traditional healers to preserve IMK and to investigate the
    challenges which were associated with acquisition, transfer and
    preservation of medical knowledge. Using qualitative research
    method and snowball sampling, primary data were collected
    from 29 traditional healers and 5 key informants through faceto-
    face interviews. Findings revealed that traditional healers
    acquired knowledge of healing through training and ancestral
    calling. The study also established that the majority of trained
    healers were females as they were much more willing to be
    trained than males. Findings on IK transfer revealed that
    majority of traditional healers transferred IK on healing through
    demonstration and observation. Findings on knowledge
    preservation showed that majority of traditional healers were
    training their family and other interested individuals. Results on
    challenges during acquisition, transfer and preservation of IK
    revealed that would-be healers experienced sickness, difficulties
    in mastering what was demonstrated and observed, segregation
    from their known communities and panicking when patients
    showed no signs of recovering after administering the herbs to
    them. The need for community leaders in Chibombo district to
    consider educating the local youths during ceremonial gatherings
    on the need to acquire and preserve indigenous practices was
    recommended. This was seen as a way through which
    unwillingness to learn and share would be reduced. Secondly, it
    was recommended that collaborative efforts between communityleaders and traditional healers to document most of the
    indigenous medicine and the ailments they healed be