Kenya launches HPV vaccine with GAVI support

Mombasa, October 18, 2019 – President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine ranking Kenya the 16th country in Africa to introduce the vaccine into its routine immunization schedule.
The Vaccine will be offered countrywide alongside other routine Infant Vaccines through Public, Private, Faith Based and NGO health facilities, and administered FREE OF CHARGE, to 800,000 girls, who are currently 10 years old.
This follows a successful HPV Vaccine pilot program implemented in Kitui County from 2013 to 2015, whose lessons have informed national scale up.
“Let us not fight science, let us talk and agree for a prosperous future. Cancer does not know tribe or religion it affects all of us,” H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta said.
The National HPV vaccine roll out is expected to cost an estimated 1 Billion Shillings in the first year.
The President announced that his government will commission the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital next month which he said will specialize in cancer treatment.
Health CS, Sicily Kariuki re-emphasized that scaling up access to quality health services, particularly for women and girls, is a critical part of Kenya’s Big Four and  urged all parents, members of the public, religious and political leaders to pool together and protect women from cervical cancer by ensuring that every eligible girl gets vaccinated.
Today’s launch of HPV vaccine is an important step and a milestone in the history of Kenya to join the fight along with other countries of the region and the world to prevent mortality and morbidity due to cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer is amongst the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in Kenya. In 2018 alone, 49,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed and 33,000 deaths documented. Nine women die from cervical Cancer in Kenya alone, every day.
Globally, cancer remains a major public health concern. Last year, in 2018 alone, 18.1 million new cases were diagnosed with 9.6 million deaths reported.

His Excellence the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki witnesses vaccination of the first children with Cervical Cancer Vaccine during the National Launch of the Human Papilloma Vaccine at Ziwani Primary School at Mombasa County.