Tanzania commences youth cervical cancer vaccination programme

The government of Tanzania has begin a programme of vaccination against cervical cancer for girls as young as nine. 

Over 600,000 girls aged between nine and 14 are receiving the jabs in order to protect them against developing the disease at an early age. 

Cervical cancer is the focus of government efforts because it is the most common cancer in the country and kills more Tanzanian women than any other form of the disease. 

Head of the programme Dr Daphrosa Lyimo said: "Prevention is better than cure, elongating lives and and reducing treatment costs."

Girls will be vaccinated with the human papilloma virus, which has already been used as a preventative against cervical cancer in Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles and South Africa. The cost is the equivalent of £11 per patient. 

Among the reasons for the early vaccination is the fact that sexual intercourse at a young age is one of the most common causes of cervical cancer.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846395-ADNFCR