Religion and COVID-19 Vaccination in Zimbabwe (Routledge Studies on Religion in Africa and the Diaspora) (Hardcover)
This book analyses the role of religion during the COVID- 19 pandemic and vaccination rollout in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe was listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of thirteen African countries to have fully vaccinated more than 10% of its population against COVID- 19 by the end of September 2021, but the country fell far short of the government's own target for achieving 60% inoculation by December 2020. This book analyses whether religion played a role in explaining why the government's pro- vaccine stance did not translate into high vaccination rates. Drawing upon various religions, including African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam, the book considers how faith actors demonstrated vaccine acceptance, resistance or hesitancy. Zimbabwe offers a particularly interesting and varied case for analysis, and the original research on display here will be an important contribution to wider debates on religion and COVID- 19. This book will be useful to academics, researchers and students studying religious studies, sociology, health and well- being, religion and development.
About the Author
Tenson Muyambo earned a PhD from the University of KwaZulu Natal(UKZN), South Africa. He is a research fellow at the University of SouthAfrica's (UNISA) Research Institute for Theology and Religion (RITR), College of Human Sciences. He lectures at the Great Zimbabwe University, and researches and publishes extensively on indigenous knowledge systems, religion (Ndau indigenous religion), gender, education, pandemics andAfrican Spirituality. He has co- edited the books, Religion and the COVID- 19Pandemic in Southern Africa (2022) and Re- imagining Indigenous Knowledgeand Practices in 21st Century Africa: Debunking Myths and Misconceptionsfor Conviviality and Sustainability (2022).Fortune Sibanda (PhD) is a professor of Religious Studies in the Department ofPhilosophy and Religious Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingoand Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Eswatini, Eswatini. Professor Sibanda is also a research fellow in the ResearchInstitute for Theology and Religion, UNISA, South Africa. He is a specialistin the History and Phenomenology of Religion; African IndigenousReligions and New Religious Movements (particularly Rastafari). Hisresearch interests include Indigenous Knowledge Systems, religion andhealth, religion and the environment, human rights issues, law and religion, religion and the culinary arts tackled from an African perspective. Sibandahas published edited books, book chapters and his work has also appearedin refereed journals. He is a member of a number of academic associations, including the American Academy of Religion (AAR), African Consortiumfor Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS), African Theological Institutionsin Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA), Association for the Study ofReligion in Southern Africa (ASRSA) and African Association for theStudy of Religion (AASR). Professor Sibanda is a member of the ACLARSPublication Committee and ACLARS Board member.Ezra Chitando (DPhil) is a professor of History and Phenomenology ofReligion at the University of Zimbabwe. His broad research and publicationinterests include method and theory in the study of religion, as well asreligion, health, gender, security, politics, development, climate change, andsexuality, among others.