235350 Develop of comprehensive cervical cancer prevention model for the introduction of the HPV vaccine in Bolivia

Monday, October 31, 2011

Martin Gutierrez Sr., MA , Communication and Marketing Department, Centro de Investigacion, Educacion y Servicios (CIES), La Paz, Bolivia, Bolivia
Alejandra Meglioli, MA , Western Hemisphere Region, International Planned Parenthood Federation, New York, NY
Johnny Lopez, Dr , Centro de Invstigacion, Educacion y Servicios, La Paz, Bolivia
In 2010, the Bolivian Ministry of Health in collaboration with Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios (CIES) launched the second phase of its Human Papilomavirus (HPV) vaccination demonstration project targeting 30,000 girls in the five Bolivian states of Oruro, Chuquisaca, El Alto, Potosi, and Trinidad. The project aims to bring HPV vaccine to some of the most vulnerable populations in the country, where cervical cancer mortality remains among the highest in the world. Urban and rural areas were reached through school-based vaccination efforts and the use of mobile health units. Trained teams of local educators, parents, nurses, and physicians were critical in this effort. A strong commitment by the Ministry and CIES encouraged a merging of experience, resources, program and clinical teams. The results have been promising: coverage rates for first, second and third doses were 94.2%, 91.4% and 87.9% respectively. An innovative public education multi-media campaign supported the vaccination project through video, radio and press. The project will scale up in 2011 which will increase program coverage to 10 states including 32 municipalities and vaccinate 50,000 girls. Beyond the HPV demonstration project, the Bolivian Ministry has been working closely with CIES and with other civil society groups, including the Bolivian Cancer Society and the Bolivian Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Collaborating with bilateral and multilateral agencies such as PAHO and UNFPA has increased the scope and effectiveness of its cervical cancer prevention programs. The Ministry recently released a new National Cervical Cancer Plan 2010–2015 to articulate the strategy

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the results of a pilot project for the introduction of HPV vaccine in Bolivia

Keywords: Cervical Cancer, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the communication director of the organization implementing the project and I oversees the technical (advocacy and communication) component of the project on the introdcution of the HPV vaccines in Bolivia.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.