26 Apr Rwanda rolls out cervical cancer vaccine for girls
Sarah Boseley, Sarah Boseley’s Global Health Blog at Guardian.co.uk
Rwanda is today launching a cervical cancer vaccination programme for all its 12 to 15 year-old girls – the first comprehensive national scheme in Africa, where it is so badly needed. Some 275,000 women die from cervical cancer every year – most in developing countries. And the death toll is rising – to an expected 474,000 women a year by 2030, 95% of whom will be in the developing world.