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Health System Factors Influencing Uptake of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine among Adolescent Girls 9-15 Years in Mbale District, Uganda

Health System Factors Influencing Uptake of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine among Adolescent Girls 9-15 Years in Mbale District, Uganda

Author: 
Juliet Nabirye
Livex Andrew Okwi
Rebecca Nuwematsiko
George Kiwanuka
Fiston Muneza
Carol Kamya
Juliet N. Babirye
Publication Date
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Affiliation: 

Makerere University

In Uganda, cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer disease among women. It is estimated that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will reduce deaths from cervical cancer by two-thirds if uptake reaches 80%. Yet uptake of the vaccine, which was launched in Uganda in 2012, has remained low in many districts, with the national average estimated at 17% as of December 2016. This study aimed to assess how health systems are influencing uptake of HPV vaccine so as to inform policy in Mbale district, Eastern Uganda.

The researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of 407 female adolescents aged 9-15 years, selected from 56 villages. Uptake of the HPV vaccine in this study was defined as completing 2 doses of the vaccine. In addition, 6 key informant interviews were conducted with district health officials involved in implementation of the HPV vaccine.

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BMC Public Health (2020) 20:171 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8302-z. Image credit: UNICEF Uganda via Facebook

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