Cervical cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women every year with an overwhelming majority of deaths occurring in the world’s poorest countries. In 2014, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) invested US$ 25 million grant to the GAVI Alliance to protect girls and women in developing countries from the leading cause of cervical cancer. The funding will support the GAVI Alliance to purchase the human papillomavirus vaccine which offers protection against the infection which causes the cancer. To date, the GAVI Alliance is currently supporting 23 countries that are either undertaking or have received approval for HPV programmes.
HPV vaccination programmes also offer a platform for adolescent girls to engage with health care professionals and access additional health services at a crucial stage in their lives. Many women in developing countries do not have any contact with health workers from when they are born until they become mothers themselves.
|Location||Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia, Eastern Africa|
|Value||USD 25 Million|