VoICE Immunization Evidence

HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda: Impacts on the broader health system

Authored by: Torres-Rueda, S., Rulisa, S., Burchett, H.E., et al

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Key Idea

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.

Key Idea

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.

Key Idea

Introduction of HPV vaccine in Rwanda occurred through a new school-based delivery program which provided the opportunity to offer additional health services to all school-children (girls and boys) including health promotion sessions, de-worming and opportunities for voluntary, free circumcision.

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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.

Disease or Vaccine