This report provides findings from a WHO/PAHO/UNFPA meeting that took place in Mexico City in 2009. Participants discussed a proposed operational research study on adolescent health and cervical cancer prevention that would help support countries that have already made or will soon make a policy decision to introduce the HPV vaccine. Adolescents typically have little contact with health services, particularly for immunization programs. Since new HPV vaccines target adolescent girls, the introduction of HPV vaccines may provide an opportunity for adolescents to engage more with health services and this may create openings to offer packages of adolescent health services that include information, sexual and reproductive health education, and adolescent health interventions. A study is proposed to better understand the policy and programmatic issues related to delivering HPV vaccines as part of comprehensive adolescent health services and for cervical cancer prevention. As there are several countries in the Americas initiating or considering the introduction of the HPV vaccine, the timing for such a study is appropriate.
van Dijk, Marieke G., Katherine Wilson, Claudia Diaz, and Sandra G. Garcia. 2009. "Operational research for the introduction of an adolescent health package in the context of cervical cancer prevention," Final meeting report. Mexico City: Population Council.
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