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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, which draw lessons from different areas of engagement
- Working with local theologies is required – but there is only limited engagement of religious studies scholars and theologians in immunization response
- 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
- There is a huge gap in evidence on the specific nature and extent of routine immunization services provided by faith‐based health providers
- We need to investigate ‘trust’ at all levels
About the Immunization Learning Hub
Dr. Jill Olivier at the University of Cape Town led The Immunization Learning Hub
The Review of Faith and International Affairs has just published a special series on Religion and Development
edited by Jill Olivier with a grant from JLIF&LC through DFID support
Includes the following articles:
- Innovative Faith-Community Responses to HIV and AIDS: Summative lessons from Over Two Decades of Work Jill Olivier & Sally Smith
- Getting dirty: Working with Faith Leaders to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Elisabet le Roux, Neil Kramm, Nigel Scott, Maggie Sandilands, Lizle Loots, Jill Olivier, Diana Arango & Veena O’Sullivan
- Interventions with Local Faith Communities on Immunization in Development contexts Jill Olivier
- High-Level Collaboration between the Public Sector and Religious and Faith-Based Organizations: Fad or Trend? Jean Duff, Mike Battcock, Azza Karam & Adam Russell Taylor
- Sustainable Development and Religion: Accommodating Diversity in a Post-Secular age Alastair Ager & Joey Ager
- Religion, Human Rights, and Development: Focusing on Health Azza Karam & Katherine Marshall
- Reflections on HIV-Related Experiences of Two Global Funding Mechanisms Supporting Religious Health Providers John Blevins, Christoph Benn & Sandra Thurman
- Lessons from the Faith-Driven Response to the West africa Ebola Epidemic Christo Greyling, Jolly Ann Maulit, Susan Parry, David Robinson, Sally Smith, Anne Street & Robert Vitillo
Andrew Tomkins, Jean Duff, Atallah Fitzgibbon, Azza Karam, Edward J Mills, Keith Munnings, Sally Smith, Shreelata Rao Seshadri, Avraham Steinberg, Robert Vitillo, Philemon Yugi
Preventable child deaths outrage everyone. Immunization campaigns save millions of children’s lives and therefore unite widely divergent communities. But the untapped potential for partnerships to extend vaccination coverage, especially involving religious actors, is large. Two critical challenges are important and offer great promise: extending newer vaccines (notably against rotavirus and pneumococcus) and reaching underserved populations (“the fifth child”). The support and cooperation of religious communities, at global and national levels, is essential for both—leaders and communities can help address challenges and prevent the grave problems that arise when religious leaders oppose vaccination (such as in Pakistan and Nigeria). In building partnerships there are four priorities: (a) informing populations and building trust; (b) focusing on underserved populations; (c) overcoming barriers to vaccination campaigns in tumultuous countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo where faith networks are especially vital players; and (d) helping through holistic health approaches to “connect the dots” among different public health and welfare efforts to meet the needs of people and communities.
Religious leaders, with their tremendous authority at the grass roots, are key to garnering community support for broad immunization coverage. This workbook, designed for communication and programme officers and their immunization partners, provides guidelines on forging alliances on immunization with religious leaders and groups. It also offers advice on options that can be taken when confronting resistance to immunization, illustrated by success stories from three countries.
This annotated bibliography is a companion piece to the full report “LOCAL FAITH COMMUNITIES AND IMMUNIZATION FOR COMMUNITY AND HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING”
This is a broad scoping review mapping and understanding the available literature on ‘religion and immunization’. The goal is to note where evidence and information can be found and to identify key areas for further research, engagement and partnership. An annotated bibliography accompanies the Report
On March 24th and 25th, 2014, the International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Senegal cohosted an international summit entitled Vaccinations and Religion: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects. The summit brought together more than 80 African Muslim government officials, medical professionals, and religious leaders to identify the challenges associated with vaccination in resistant and hard-to-reach communities in Africa in order to issue a declaration in support of disease prevention and help raise awareness within Muslim-majority communities about the necessity and importance of vaccination. Ultimately, the goal was to identify strategies to increase vaccine acceptance in their domestic constituencies.
The scoping report for the JLI F&LC Immunization Hub.
The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) and its partners in India, Angola, and Ethiopia have led successful social mobilization efforts to reach difficult-to-access populations critical for polio eradication.These include extremely poor rural and urban communities, ethnic and religious minorities who resist immunizing their children, and others such as newborns, pastoralists, migrants, and those in transit across national borders. Working through grassroots nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) including religious leaders, CGPP social mobilization activities have contributed to the current polio-free status in all three countries and have improved the coverage of children’s routine immunizations as well. Marking a shift from the earlier dominance of epidemiological perspectives, today behavior-change communication —advocacy, interpersonal communication, and social mobilization — is recognized internationally as the way forward in this final phase of polio eradication.