ICYMI, May 31, 2019

Published on May 31, 2019

Updated on November 1, 2019

Why Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer

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Why Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (CNN)—Girls began queuing at their local school with their friends, waiting for their names to be called. Many were apprehensive. After all, most of them had not had a vaccination since they were babies. It was 2013 and a new vaccine had arrived in Kanyirabanyana, a village in the Gakenke district of Rwanda.

Three years before, Rwanda had decided to make preventing cervical cancer a health priority. The government agreed a partnership with pharmaceutical company Merck to offer Rwandan girls the opportunity to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.

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