Immunization

About the Immunization Learning Hub

The Learning Hub members aimed to develop and communicate robust, practical evidence on the under‐documented role of local faith communities (LFCs) for community systems strengthening. They drew together diverse materials (after assessment for quality and relevance) – particularly focused on lower and middle income country (LMIC) settings. Although given the lack of materials from LMIC settings, information from higher income settings is included where considered highly relevant.

The Immunization Learning Hub completed it’s work in 2014 led by Dr Jill Olivier.

Jill Olivier, University of Cape Town/IRHAP

What We Know

  • History shows a number of intersection points between religion and immunization that extend further back than the recent surge of international interest
  • There is a high level of interest in ‘missed populations and closed communities
  • Considerations of context and complexity are important – especially working with local faith communities
  • Getting to grip with the complex world of religion and vaccine resistance is key
  • The need for interdisciplinary and multi‐sectoral and engagement on religion and immunization
  • The need for cross‐over interdisciplinary studies and actions
  • Working with local theologies is required
  • The need for religiously‐competent program staff and health workers
  • Engaging religious leaders in genuine social mobilization and advocacy
  • Improving communication strategies (interpersonal, local, national and international) with and through LFCs should be considered
  • Little evidence on the specific nature and extent of routine immunization services provided by faith‐based health providers
  • Further investigation of ‘trust’ at all levels
Key Questions

Past Hub Events

ACHAP’s 8th Biennial conference

2017-02-28

Seventieth World Health Assembly

2017-05-22

Ahimsa – Global Health, Social Entrepreneurship and Faith- inspired Communities

2017-06-27

CCIH 31st Conference- Strengthening Global Health: Faith at the Center

2017-07-13

National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassadors

2017-08-27

5th Annual Global Missions Health Conference

2017-09-07

Faith-based approaches to Family Planning

2017-09-28

One Accord Forum and Expo

2017-10-09