Islamic Champions

Determined to improve Nigeria’s maternal health care, Aminu Gamawa, a lawyer in Nigeria, recognized the importance of allying Islamic scholars—particularly in the country’s Muslim North.
While many Islamic scholars in the region cite Islamic texts to oppose maternal care, family planning and child vaccines, Gamawa, who is also Muslim, saw opportunities to tap their influence. Gamawa and his colleagues arranged for community and religious leaders to attend trainings in Egypt led by scholars who specialize in reconciling Islamic teachings and maternal health. They helped allay concerns by suggesting creative workarounds—like encouraging uneasy husbands to accompany their wives, rather than forbid them from visiting a doctor.
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