Cervical cancer: actors equipped with preventive measures
An information, awareness and discussion workshop brought together clinicians, actors in the education system, civil society organizations (Osc) and stakeholders on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. This, in the context of COVID-19, especially cervical cancer. It was March 10, 2022 at the Bel Cote Hotel in Cocody Abidjan.
Organized by Ong Jhpiego and Gavi Alliance in collaboration with The Coordination Department of the Expanded Program on Vaccination (DC-PEV) and the Department of School Social Work Exchange (Dmoss), This informational workshop focused on the mechanisms and implementation of combating cervical cancer. It was intended to promote Include in the conversation and explore all avenues for broader communication.

According to Dr. Kayali Ouattara, Director of Ong Jhpiego in Côte d’Ivoire, the goal It is to encourage greater participation of the educational community in HPV vaccination activities during the Covid-19 period, with a view to accepting the vaccine. It also aims to present cervical cancer burden and HPV vaccination outcomes for 2021. It was a matter of raising awareness among the educational community to impart basic, fair and credible information about HPV vaccination during Covid-19. Finally, contribute to strengthening coordination, by identifying innovative strategies, and facilitating the performance of vaccination sessions in schools.

As for Dr. Yao Kosia, Deputy Director of PExpanded Program on Vaccination in Côte d’Ivoire (PEV), noting that, despite several strategies taken by the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), regarding coordination and promotion of HPV vaccination, and service delivery, reports from January to October showed administrative vaccination coverage below established targets. “The first dose of HPV is estimated at 32% and the second dose of HPV is estimated at 13%, versus the target of 70% set in the PAO 2021,” she said.

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Before, she urged parents, especially young girls, to come and vaccinate “We encourage parents to bring their 9-year-old daughters the cervical cancer vaccine to protect them. The vaccine has been available in Côte d’Ivoire since 2019, free and intended for girls as young as 9. Paid.

On this occasion, Anias Kreidi, journalist and president of the Foundation Against Cancer (Fac). It appealed to each other’s commitment to the implementation of the objectives. Where cervical cancer is eradicated outside our borders, especially through awareness and communication about the vaccination of girls against HPV in schools.

Dr. Mufa Sanogo, Deputy Director of Health Education in the Directorate For its part, it welcomed and congratulated the organizers for their insight into the social work in schools (Damous). “This initiative is welcome because information and awareness of the cervical cancer vaccine is essential. We have been reassured that mortality and morbidity rates are high but not inevitable.”

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