Human Pappillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Campaign
UNICEF partners with Government of Lao PDR to administer HPV vaccinations for girls aged 10-17 across all provinces.
Every year, cervical cancer kills about 266,000 women globally and the number is on the rise. It also ranks one of the leading causes of cancer among women in Lao PDR where 320 women are diagnosed annually and only half survive. The most common issue for the cancer is the Human Pappillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.
To address the issue, the Government of Lao PDR in support of GAVI, UNICEF and WHO will be administering National HPV Vaccination campaign for cervical cancer across all provinces of the country.
The National Immunization campaign was launched on 4th March 2020 in Vientiane, is targeting to reach 360,000 girls aged 10-17. Although, the vaccinations will be administered at schools, it will also reach girls out of school to ensure no one is left behind.
The vaccine is to be given following a 2-dose schedule, spaced 12 months apart to all eligible girls. Schools across the country will participate in the exercise from March 2020. Through HPV vaccination, the Government of Lao PDR is helping protect the next generation of adolescents and girls against cervical cancer.
This vaccine is safe and effective and will change the lives of many Lao girls for the better, saving them from developing deadly cervical cancer in future.