"Cervical cancer is a serious health concern in Uganda as it represents the most common cancer diagnosed in women of all ages," said Dr. Gerald Mutungi, Program Manager for Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Program-Ministry of Health. "It is our hope that this important collaboration with Merck, GAVI, PATH, and other partners will help to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in Uganda."According to CSR Wire, "the vaccination program will be implemented with 460,000 doses of GARDASIL donated to 12 districts in Uganda over a two-year period, enough to vaccinate approximately 140,000 eligible girls in 12 districts. The program represents the first phase of Uganda's national roll out plan for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination." Merck, for its part, is very invested in being able to provide the vaccines to Uganda in order to prevent the incidences of cervical cancer. The burden of this disease is significant in sub-Saharan Africa and GARDASIL will alleviate the problem to a large degree. Public health is a large area of CSR opportunity, especially for pharmaceutical companies, and it is heartening to note that Merck is leading the way on this front in Uganda.
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