oa Professional Nursing Today - The Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screen project : experiences from a primary school-based vaccine implementation studying Gauteng and the Western Cape, South Africa
|Article Title||The Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screen project : experiences from a primary school-based vaccine implementation studying Gauteng and the Western Cape, South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Professional Nursing Today|
|Affiliations||1 University of Stellenbosch, 2 University of Stellenbosch, 3 University of Stellenbosch, 4 University of Pretoria, 5 University of Pretoria, 6 University of Pretoria, 7 University of Pretoria and 8 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||28 - 31|
|Keyword(s)||HPV, Primary school, South Africa, Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screen project, Vaccine implementation and VACCS|
Cervical cancer remains a highly prevalent and lethal disease in South Africa. Although the national Department of Health runs a formal cervical cancer screening programme, it has not been fully implemented and therefore screening is limited and opportunistic, resulting in some populations being over- and others under-screened. Unfortunately, it is usually the most destitute populations who are not screened. It is unlikely that formal population-based screening will be fully implemented in South Africa in the foreseeable future as this has not been achieved in any other developing country or low-resource setting. Therefore, there is a need to investigate alternative options with regard to cervical cancer prevention.
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