Tarija, in southern Bolivia, is one of the departments with the highest incidence of cervical cancer, which is the leading type of cancer in the department.
Vaccination is the responsibility of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). Before the strict lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HPV vaccine was provided every year in educational facilities. But this year it could not take place as normal.
Vaccination teams leave for peri-urban areas
Staff from the Palmarcito Health Center decided to go out in vaccination teams to visit peri-urban and rural areas, to look for any girls who did not receive the vaccine in the first few months of the year
Inter-agency partnerships and vaccinations
Today, the teams are visiting facilities of the nongovernmental organization ‘Educación y Futuro’ [Education and the Future] (EDYFU), where children from disadvantaged families living in the outskirts of the city of Tarija gather.