8 March 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

International Women’s Day: The Impact of Vaccines on the Health of Girls and Women

Today on March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day, on which the GAVI Alliance highlights the power of vaccines to deliver good health to girls and women living in developing countries. With a focus today on two vaccines which can benefit the health of women – human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella vaccines against congenital rubella syndrome.

First, the general impact of vaccines is discussed by GAVI CEO, Seth Berkley, in a post about Delivering on the promise for girls and women, next their Deputy CEO, Helen Evans, writes about Doubling our Impact in a Single Shot in the fight against rubella and measles, and finally HPV vaccine inventor Ian Frazer talks about how his idea of a HPV vaccine has become reality, in the interview below.

Professor Ian Frazer discusses his invention of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer.
Source: GAVI/2012

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