VoICE Immunization Evidence: Synergies Between Health System Programs
Where routine immunization programs are well-established, introduction of new vaccines rarely causes major disruptions and may offer collateral benefits.
Despite delivery of HPV vaccine through a mechanism new to the country (school-based campaigns), the HPV vaccine integrated well into the Rwandan health system and caused no major disruptions. In fact, its introduction resulted in strengthened collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Education and provision of additional health services to school-children including health promotion sessions and de-worming.
Torres-Rueda, S., Rulisa, S., Burchett, H.E., et al 2016. HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda: Impacts on the broader health system. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 7:46-51.