GPEI Article Discusses Importance Of Educating Religious Leaders In Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Efforts
Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Strengthening Vaccine Trust in Pakistan
This article discusses the efforts of the Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (IAG) and similar groups to educate religious leaders about the benefits of polio vaccination. The article states, “By educating religious leaders and scholars about the poliovirus, and explaining religious justifications for vaccine acceptance, the IAG and its national equivalent equip [religious leaders and scholars] with the tools to act as health advocates. The same skills that help scholars engage with parents about the polio vaccine are applicable for wider health, including improving routine immunization, hygiene practices, and maternal and child health…” (7/23).