What are the activities and contribution of faith groups on the acceptance of immunization and delivery of vaccines?

The JLI Immunization Hub completed it’s work in 2015.

Hub Chair: 

Jill Olivier
Jill Olivier, University of Cape Town/IRHAP

Immunization (including ‘vaccination’ concerns) is a core component of achieving Millennium Development Goals, and immunization interventions are often seen as one of the key public  health strategies in the developing world.  However, there is very little evidence of how religion or faith intersects with immunization concerns. In the public media there are occasional stories of local faith communities (LFCs) and religious leaders acting as ‘obstacles to the advances of science’ or denouncing vaccines based on religious ideologies. On the other hand, faith leaders and communities are also sometimes described as key facilitators of immunization information or intervention. There is an increased interest in the contribution of faith-inspired  health institutions. These institutions may provide essential access to primary health services or facilitate the distribution of vaccines into areas where there are otherwise none. However, there is little evidence on the particular role of local faith communities in relation to immunization—and current accounts are not sufficient to inform policy or best practice.

The Immunization Hub approach:
  1. mapping the existing knowledge and evidence to enhance review quality and establish relationships for future collaboration; 
  2. conduct agenda setting, resource allocation, primary research, and joint learning to provide guidance and a justification on the nature of future research.

View the contributors to the Immunization Hub Scoping Report here.

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