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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Bolivia with the HPV Vaccine
Cervical cancer, one of the most deadly and most preventable non-communicable diseases, will kill around 300,000 women this year. Although the disease is preventable and treatable with a comprehensive approach that includes screening and HPV vaccination, a lack of resources means that women and girls in developing nations make up a staggering 80% of all new cases of cervical cancer and 88% of deaths from the disease.
IPPF/WHR’s Member Association in Bolivia, CIES, is leading the way toward change with new programs and strategies for reaching those who are most vulnerable. CIES operates 14 clinics and mobile health units in hard-to-reach communities in Bolivia, a country with an alarmingly high rate of cervical cancer. In partnership with the government and a Gardasil access program, CIES offers the HPV vaccine in schools, health centers, and mobile clinics to ensure widespread access to this lifesaving prevention measure. To date, more than 75,000 girls have received vaccinations.
To learn more about the work CIES is doing to protect thousands of Bolivian girls from cervical cancer, while increasing public awareness about preventing the spread of HPV, read "Why are Women Dying from a Preventable Disease?" by IPPF/WHR Regional Director Carmen Barroso at The Women's International Perspective and “Delivering Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World,” a new report from Women Deliver.
Click the slideshow below to see photos of CIES's HPV vaccination program.