Major campaign to vaccinate young girls against human papilloma virus expected to reach almost every corner of country

More than 800,000 girls in Zimbabwe will be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus in a major push to stem the country’s soaring cervical cancer rates.

The HPV vaccine will be included in routine immunisations and rolled out in schools and health facilities countrywide to reach girls aged 10 to 14, the government announced this week. The campaign, a collaborative effort involving the UN children’s agency, Unicef, together with the World Health Organization and the Zimbabwean health ministry, is expected to reach 95% of the country.

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