Student Training Manual
The IAG works to inform communities about the importance of polio eradication, routine immunization and other priority maternal and child health issues through a number of programmes. One of these programmes works to train students of religious studies at key universities about these issues as they graduate to become mosque imams, religious scholars and academics. By educating them about the technical and religious aspects of these critical health issues then they can act as advocates particularly within high-risk areas where marginalized and underserved populations reside. They will be well placed within their local communities to promote healthy behavior and dispel rumors and misinformation that hamper the work of vaccination teams and deprive their community members of protection against polio and other vaccine preventable diseases.
The student training manual was developed for the IAG by Al Azhar University’s International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research (IICPSR) and was reviewed by a panel of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. It was launched by Dr Ahmed El-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, during the group’s fourth annual meeting that took place on 22 November 2017 at Al Azhar Al Sharif in Cairo, Egypt.