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Knowledge and Awareness of HPV Vaccine and Acceptability to Vaccinate in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review

This article, published in PLOS ONE, reports on an assessment of the knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccine, and willingness and acceptability to vaccinate in sub-Saharan African countries. The authors also identified countries that fulfill the two GAVI Alliance eligibility criteria to support nationwide HPV vaccination. The review revealed high levels of willingness and acceptability of HPV vaccine but low levels of knowledge and awareness of cervical cancer, HPV, or HPV vaccine. They also identified only six countries to have met the two GAVI Alliance requirements for supporting introduction of HPV vaccine.

Author: Perlman S, Wamai RG, Bain PA, Welty T, Ogembo JG.

Published: 2014

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Citation: Perlman S, Wamai RG, Bain PA, Welty T, Ogembo JG. Knowledge and Awareness of HPV Vaccine and Acceptability to Vaccinate in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review. PLOS ONE. 2014;9(3):e90912.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Topics: Advocacy and communications, Introduction and service delivery, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa