Honorable Mention: CUGH-Pulitzer 2016 Global Health Video Competition (Advocacy Category)

Dispelling Myths and Reaching the Unreached with Vaccines in Nigeria

Vaccines have saved millions of lives and are one of the most cost-effective health interventions we have. Unfortunately myths and misperceptions about vaccines still exist today, keeping parents from vaccinating their children and leaving them at risk for deadly diseases. Faith communities are in an ideal position to advocate for immunization because faith leaders are trusted advisers in their communities, especially in developing nations, and an overwhelming majority of people across the globe identify with a faith tradition. Furthermore, some objections to vaccines are made on religious grounds, making advocacy and involvement by religious leaders even more crucial. In this video, Dr. Daniel Gobgab of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN) explains how CHAN works with religious leaders to dispel myths and misunderstandings about immunization and reaches people in hard-to-reach areas in Nigeria with lifesaving vaccines.

Speaker, Daniel Gobgab, MD, MPH, Secretary General, Christian Health Association of Nigeria

Photos Provided by:
Christian Health Association of Nigeria
Jossey Ogbuanoh, Courtesy of Photoshare
eHealth Africa, Courtesy of Photoshare

Video shot and edited by Jay Hogben

Kathy Erb, Video Project Manager

Produced by Christian Connections for International Health with funding support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Dispelling Myths and Reaching the Unreached with Vaccines in Nigeria