Using Interfaith religious leaders in local communities to influence caregivers to seek immunization services.
Empowering local religious leaders and institutions to be champions and advocates to organize caregivers to seek the immunization services.
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one sentence (required 250 Characters)
IIPC aims to influence caregivers through religious leaders and institutions with religious teachings as well as local beliefs in both Nigeria and Pakistan to show it is both a religions duty and practical means to give children good health.
Explain the idea (less than 2,000 characters)
The aim of this intervention provides caregivers a firm basis in their religious belief and practical reasoning to seek and fully utilize immunization services in their communities. The intervention creates a community climate supporting the religious and practical motivation for immunizations. Resistance to immunization in Nigeria and Pakistan are based on religious and community local beliefs. According to the Pew Research Center more than 98% of the population of Nigeria and over 96% of the population in Pakistan identify with one religion. Religious leaders and institutions have access to, trust of, and influence on their local community members. By using moral arguments from local and religious leaders and local belief system, we have the opportunity to influence caregivers to seek immunization services as a religious and moral obligation.
To create sustainable change in the community and increase the knowledge of caregivers of the importance to vaccinate their children we are proposing to create a training kit for religious leaders and institutions that integrates both medical and religious information The process includes context analysis; development of moral arguments and training kits.
Religious leaders are the strongest motivators because they have influence and often authority over their communities. Their influence elicits behavior out of admired acceptance.
Which part(s) of the world does this idea target?
Geographic Focus (less than 250 Characters)
Our geographical focus would be begin in community level religious leaders and institutions in Nigeria Western Africa and Pakistan South-Eastern Asia and the communities they serve with the ability to reach out further in both continents.
Who are your end users and how well do you know them? (750 characters)
The primary end users are local religious leaders and institutions who will use training and supporting tool kits to influence caregivers to seek and fully utilize immunization services in their communities. For the past 5 years, IIPC has worked with religious leaders in Africa, USA and Asia on different issues including immunization, religious freedom and prevention of violent extremism.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored two advocacy projects for IIPC related to empowering religious leaders to be champions for immunization in Africa. This proposal builds on these projects and links the advocacy work to social mobilization and behavioral change interventions.
How is the idea unique? (750 Characters)
For decades, religion and spirituality were left out of most research and discussion on development especially in Africa and Asia. Only recently, have development agencies begun to pay attention to the role of religion in how to assist many in developing countries. To ignore religion in development studies is to miss out on most effectively engaging a significant portion of the world population that consider religion, faith and spirituality central to their lives. The use of this morally imperative argument recognizes religion and local belief systems as a critical component in people lives and empowers caregivers to utilize immunization services in their communities.
Idea Proposal Stage (Select 1)
Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
How many months are required for the project idea? (140 characters)
Twenty-four months to implement stage one of our work and achieve required impact of 50% change from baseline.
Organization Name (less than 140 characters)
International Interfaith Peace Corps
Type of Submitter
We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization
International/global organization (implementing in multiple countries)
Organization Location (less than 140 Characters)
We are headquartered in Herndon, VA, in the United States.
What is the current scale of your organization’s work?
Global (within 2 or more global regions)
Tell us more about your organization/company (1-2 sentences)
International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) is a nonprofit that facilitates compassionate coexistence by promoting the sanctity and dignity of life through religious diplomacy. We are in a unique position to able to educate and work with religious leaders and institutions to be advocates the local community to help caregivers seek immunization services.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (750 characters)
As accomplished in previous work, IIPC will work with religious communities and individuals in the target geographies to design and carry out the project.
We have strong partnerships and working relations with these religious entities:
Sultan’s Foundation Peace & Development, Nigeria
Union of African Scholars, Pan Africa
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) - https://www.fomwanng.com/
IDRAC - International Dialogue Research & Awareness Center, Islamabad, Pakistan
Nigerian Inter-religious Council
Partnership for Religion and sustainable development
National Peace Council for Interfaith Harmony of Pakistan
How many people are on your team?
Tell us more about you and your team
Imam Mohamed Hag Magid is a co-founder and Director of Religious Diplomacy of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC). He promotes cooperation between faith leaders and among interfaith communities in areas of healthcare, governance, education, and socio-economic development. Imam Magid regularly advises US government agencies on engaging Muslim communities around the world.
Imrana Umar is co-founder & President of IIPC. He has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in policy design, implementation and education. He directs the overall administrative and programming activities of IIPC.
J. Mark Brinkmoeller, V.P. for Community Development and Engagement, is a development professional, with previous senior leadership roles at USAID, ONE, Bread for the World spanning a 30 year career.
Abdelrahim Ali directs research & training training at IIPC. He brings more than 20 years of experience in organizing and empowering communities in Africa, the Middle East and the US.