This page is currently under development. Please find resources on HIV and Maternal Health below and JLI Learning Hub Chair.

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

 

Religion and Sustainable Development issue
Published: 2016Author:Jill Olivier
Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?
Published: 2013Author:Katherine Marshall
Building Trust in Immunization: Partnering with Religious Leaders and Groups
Published: 2014
VACCINATIONS AND RELIGION-ISSUES, CHALLENGES, AND PROSPECTS Conference Report
Published: 2014
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Published: 2012Author:Elaine Murphy