27 Apr Rwanda Launches Africa’s First Cervical Cancer Prevention Program
Henry Neondo, ASNS News
The Government of Rwanda has with the help of two US firms launched in Kigali a comprehensive national cervical cancer prevention program that includes vaccination of girls, aged between 12 to 15 years and modern molecular diagnostic screening for women between the ages of 35 and 45.
Rwanda is the first nation in Africa to offer a comprehensive prevention program that incorporates both HPV vaccination with GARDASIL [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] and HPV testing.
Rwanda, with a population of 2.72 million women aged 15 years and older ranks cervical cancer as the most frequent cancer in women of all ages in the country.