A Turkish association has launched a campaign demanding that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is offered for free in the country.
“Access to the vaccination should be for free and be the right of everyone, women and men. Our call is that the free HPV vaccine is included in the national immunization program. Our call is that the HPV vaccine is provided for free for everyone,” said First Women and Children Association (Önce Kadınlar ve Çocuklar Derneği) in its campaign statement.
The association pointed out that three doses of the vaccine cost 2,085 Turkish Liras (approximately $241).
HPV aşısı ücretsiz olmalıdır.— Önce Çocuklar ve Kadınlar Derneği (@oncecocukkadin) July 9, 2021
Kamusal aşılama, kadınların yaşam hakkı mücadelesinin elinden tutacak, en derin eşitsizliklere maruz kalan kadınların güçlenmesi anlamına gelecek, beraberinde tüm toplum için daha sağlıklı bir gelecek vaat edecektir.#HPVAşısıÜcretsizOlsun pic.twitter.com/o7rOZx7qTR
The campaign received widespread support on social media.
The HPV vaccine targets the HPV types that most commonly cause cervical cancer.
The vaccination is known to work extremely well. It has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of HPV-attributable cancers, according to research.
Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women with an estimated 570,000 new cases in 2018 representing 7.5 percent of all female cancer deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Of the estimated more than 311,000 deaths from cervical cancer every year, more than 85 percent of these occur in low and middle-income countries.