Improving access to human papillomavirus vaccines: A case study in the IA2030 core principle of partnership
Partnerships are fundamental to progress in immunization, and this is especially true for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, which must be delivered in the context of a broader immunization, sexual and reproductive health, and cervical cancer prevention programs. Starting from the discovery and development of HPV vaccines, through to implementation and improvement of the program’s resilience, partnerships have played a critical role. In May 2018, the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer set a target for 90% of girls to be fully vaccinated with HPV vaccine by age 15 years. This will require effective partnership and multisectoral collaboration among current and future partners to ensure alignment of interests, efficient execution, and the establishment of mechanisms to resolve emerging challenges and pre-empt foreseeable risks. In ramping up this partnering approach, HPV can provide a template for other health and immunization programs.