The Influence of Religious and Traditional Rulers in Polio Vaccination Efforts in Northern Nigeria
Posted: 13 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 13, 2013
Whether or not religion plays a crucial role in the success of the polio vaccination effort in northern Nigeria remains an open question. Based on field surveys of polio endemic areas of Bauchi and Kano states of Nigeria, it is clear that much of the resistance to polio vaccination attributed to religious factors serves as proxies for other agendas by powerful religious and traditional rulers. This paper examines how best to understand the influence of religion, religious leaders, and attachments to religion and traditional authority in modeling long-term sustenance of mass mobilization efforts in the region.
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