Promoting prevention and early detection of cervical cancer in Africa

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Published: 8 Dec 2015
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Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan - International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

Dr Sankaranarayanan talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about cervical cancer prevention with the HPV vaccine.

He says that HPV vaccination is one of the easiest vaccination programmes to scale up.

Screening is also important, he says, but requires the simultaneous enhancement of the healthcare infrastructure to work properly. 

Vaccinating 10 - 14 year old girls with the HPV vaccine and screening women in their 30s will be the best strategy for decreasing cervical cancer mortality in Africa, he says.

He also explains about how the cost of the HPV vaccine can be cushioned by applying for help from the Gavi Vaccine Alliance. Furthermore, he argues that Africa could learn from countries such as Latin America who are able to purchase the HPV vaccine at a reduced rate by buying in bulk. African countries could form a consortium to make collective purchases.