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Africa: Gavi Vaccine Alliance & Girl Effect announce partnership to protect girls from cervical cancer

Author: Liz Ford, Guardian (UK), Published on: 13 October 2016

"$10m campaign targets cervical cancer among girls in sub-Saharan Africa", 11 Oct 2016

A partnership worth $10m (£8.1m) to increase the uptake and awareness of a vaccine to protect girls from cervical cancer, which has higher death rates in sub-Saharan Africa than any other cancer, was launched on Tuesday. Gavi, the vaccine alliance, announced it is joining forces with the Girl Effect to increase the demand for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi...The HPV vaccine protects girls against 70% of incidences of cervical cancer, which claims the lives of an estimated 266,000 women and girls a year...“Cervical cancer is a scourge that kills women in the prime of their lives, depriving families of mothers, aunts, grandmothers and wives,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “The HPV vaccine is a vital tool in the battle against cervical cancer, especially in countries where lack of access to screening and treatment is a major issue. Our partnership with Girl Effect is an opportunity to bring this vaccine to the attention of girls who are at risk of missing out on its lifesaving impact...

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