World Health Organization


Neha Satpute

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Committee: World Health Organisation Topic A: THE UNIVERSAL ADOPTION OF IMMUNISATION Country: Rwanda

The talk on imposing immunisations for various health reasons is prevalent everywhere. Rwanda being a sovereign state in central and east Africa is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. As population is young and predominantly rural, the strike of a deadly diseases could be fatal for its population. Rwanda has taken a big step in terms of vaccination which includes prevention of diseases preventable by vaccination is one of priorities set by Rwanda government in order to gradually reduce infant and child mortality. The overall goal of Rwanda is to contribute to the improved well-being of the Rwandan people through reduction of child morbidity and mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases. It is comprised of three principal components: routine vaccination, supplemental immunization activities, and surveillance for target diseases. Rwanda believes that cervical cancer is a contributor to years of life lost from cancer among women in the developing world. Two HPV vaccines developed in recent years – Merck’s quadrivalent Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline’s bivalent Cervarix – have been pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and approved by national governments in many countries, including Rwanda. These vaccines represent a milestone in biomedical progress towards mitigating the burden of cerv...

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