Diversity: Impact on Vaccine Equality (DIVE)

Duration: September 23, 2021 – March 15, 2022

Country: Algeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Communities: Indigenous Tamazight speakers in Algeria, Muslim Somalis and other local indigenous communities in Kenya, religious minorities in Pakistan, and Tamil and Muslim ethno-religious groups in Sri Lanka

What is this program about?

This project will use a social media listening software tool and the CrowdTangle social media monitoring platform to track and understand online sharing among diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic communities about vaccine trust, uptake and access. Covid-19 in Algeria, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. . Our target groups are the politically, socially and economically marginalized members and other than Pakistan, living in remote and rural areas.

We work on two complementary axes:

  1. Social Media Monitoring will look for feelings related to frustration regarding lack of supply as well as grievances expressed regarding disparities in vaccine supply or selection.
  2. Based on the first results, each research team will publish two ballots and generate locally social media material in minority languages ​​to address rumours, misinformation, mistrust and/or problems with vaccine access or supply.

What are we trying to achieve?

Our goal is to identify variations in trust and access to vaccines between minority and majority communities, which can be further used to address trust sapping and differential resource allocation for vaccine delivery.

We will design and produce social (and, where appropriate, traditional) media materials to suit each country’s specific context that address factors impacting vaccine trust within minority communities or call for upgrading provision of immunization services where it has proven effective. be a block in terms of adoption rather than trust.

Through newsletters and social media content, we aim to draw the attention of national and international decision makers to consider the diverse communities that impact vaccine confidence and to some extent we will model also how these problems can be solved.

Through our research, we will contribute significantly to the body of knowledge on the impacts of religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity on trust in vaccines, trust in health and other authorities and the differential impact of low confidence in service delivery gaps on vaccine uptake among marginalized groups. communities.

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Diversity: impact on vaccine equity

What is the context?

Ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous communities do not benefit equally from vaccination programs in general. Disaggregated data is sparse, but what does exist suggests that marginalization greatly increases the chances of missing out on vaccinations as well as other similar preventive healthcare services. Religious and other beliefs can also impact confidence in vaccines. When states primarily publish information in one or two languages, minority understanding of issues and access to information to counter rumors or misinformation may be at risk. However, it is also true that health services in remote and minority areas are weaker and access to routine services may not be available to all.

  • Algeria: The Amazighs are an indigenous community who speak their own language and who face discrimination and disadvantage in Algeria. Information related to the pandemic was published in French and Arabic but not in Tamazight, although Tamazight is an official language alongside Arabic (and not French).
  • Kenya: The ethnic Somali population in Kenya, living mainly in Mandera province, has social, educational, economic and health indicators significantly below the national average. In the country, the vaccination rate is still 5.8%, rumors of unfair selections as well as the harmful effects of vaccination are common.
  • Pakistan: All minority religious communities in Pakistan are victims of threats and hate speech, sometimes violence. Many members of the community are extremely poor and, due to threats, also try to avoid regular contact and exposure to majority members of the community. This particularly affects Hindu and Sikh women.
  • Sri Lanka: While the country has two official national languages, Sinhalese and Tamil, few people are fluent in both languages. Those who are educated speak English and another language. The impact of the long internal conflicts is still being felt today, with Muslims being scapegoated for introducing or spreading the virus.

Who are our partners ?

  • Truth Seeking in Sri Lanka
  • Bytes 4 all (B4A) in Pakistan
  • Great Synergy Development Initiative (GSDI) in Kenya

Who funds this program?

The project is funded by the Global Impact – VCF grant.

Photo: Sri Lankan Muslims tie white ribbons on a fence at a cemetery during a protest against the forced cremation of Covid-19 victims in Colombo, Sri Lanka. December 23, 2020. Credit: EPA-EFE/Chamila Karunarathne.

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