Vaccination against cervical cancer planned for 1.5 mln girls

Vaccination against cervical cancer planned for 1.5 mln girls

A vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer will be administered to 1.5 million young girls in Rwanda, Uganda and Uzbekistan under a new programme announced by the GAVI Alliance on Saturday.
The GAVI Alliance, a global public-private partnership dedicated to increasing access to immunisation in developing countries, will support national vaccination initiatives in those three countries against human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of cervical cancer.
The programmes will target girls between the ages of 10 and 12. Immunization before the start of sexual activity and possible exposure to the virus is a key strategy to prevent cervical cancer.
“Cervical cancer is a scourge on women and their families in the world’s poorest countries,” Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance, said in a statement. “With limited access to screening and treatment, it is all the more important to vaccinate girls against HPV to give them the best protection possible against cervical cancer, which claims more than a quarter of a million women’s lives every year.”

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