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Gavi and partners celebrate major breakthrough in girls’ health in Nigeria

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In a landmark achievement for girls’ health, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and its partners have successfully vaccinated seven million girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in just two weeks. This critical initiative aims to protect them from cervical cancer later in life.

A statement on Wednesday by Gavi noted that this monumental effort signifies a significant milestone in Nigeria’s battle against cervical cancer.

In October 2023, Gavi joined forces with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF to integrate the HPV vaccine into the national immunization program.

Building on this progress, Gavi expanded its collaboration with Girl Effect in May 2024 to enhance outreach efforts, providing essential information and ensuring vaccine access for girls.

Cervical cancer ranks as the second most prevalent cancer among women in Nigeria, claiming numerous lives annually.

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The HPV vaccine, boasting an average success rate of 92%, is a powerful preventive measure. Vaccinating 7 million girls within two weeks marks significant progress towards Nigeria’s ambitious target of reaching 16 million girls by 2025.

The CEO of Gavi, Sani Nishtar remarked, “This achievement is a testament to the tremendous collaboration between Gavi, the Nigerian government, and our partners. By prioritizing girls’ health, we are empowering a generation and helping to save countless lives.”

Cervical cancer causes over 342,000 deaths worldwide each year, disproportionately affecting women in low- and middle-income countries. Broad access to the HPV vaccine is essential to reducing this devastating disease burden.

This successful vaccination campaign in Nigeria highlights the potential of coordinated efforts to make a significant impact on global health.

As Nigeria continues its fight against cervical cancer, Gavi and its partners remain committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to lead a healthy, cancer-free life.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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