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Madagascar: 9,500 girls vaccinated against cervix cancer

From today approximately 9,500 young Madagascan girls aged between 9 to 13 years old will be vaccinated via Cervarix in the districts of Tamatave, in the East of the island and in Soavinandriana (Tananarive).

Cervarix is a vaccine for the prevention of precancerous lesions of the cervix and cancer of the cervix.

This preventive vaccination campaign was initiated jointly by the Ministry of health and the GAVI Alliance, formerly known as the Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization.
The cervical cancer is the second leading cause of mortality for nearly 25% of women who developed cancer in Madagascar.

According to the results obtained in these two districts tests and current lack of financial and logistical resources, via Cervarix vaccination will be extended to the whole of the country by the year of 2015, according to the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

Antso Rajaona

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