Good health is an essential building block to empowerment, wellbeing and economic development. For a girl it can mean the ability to attend school, access healthcare, and improve economic outcomes that last for generations.
Innovative approaches that combine private sector expertise with access to critical health interventions can create opportunities for adolescent girls to open the door to the health system. For example, Gavi’s partnership with Girl Effect is their leveraging youth brands to generate girls’ demand for the HPV vaccine, to prevent cervical cancer, while encouraging broader health-seeking behaviour. At the same time, Girl Effect’s partnership with PEPFAR’s DREAMS, is reducing HIV infections in adolescent girls.
How can we build on innovative platforms for girls’ health?
- Preventing disease through vaccination sets off a positive cycle almost immediately in a child’s life.
- When girls can make informed decisions about their health and bodies, they become agents of change.
- Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective health investments to reach the poorest.
- Decisions about the EU’s future will also determine the future of Africa.
We do not normally think of vaccination as an investment, at least not beyond its role in protecting people against infectious disease. But vaccination is in every sense an investment, with wide economic benefits that accrue across a lifetime.
Good health is an essential building block to empowerment, well-being and economic development. For a girl, it can mean the ability to attend school, access healthcare and improve economic outcomes that last for generations. Immunised, healthy children are more likely to go to school and they tend to perform better once they are there.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is a global partnership, representing among others the World Health Organization and UNICEF, bringing together the private and public sectors. Since it was created in 2000, Gavi has delivered 700 million child vaccines, which are estimated to have saved the lives of 10 million children.
Innovative approaches that combine private-sector expertise with access to critical health in
While there are many reasons to be afraid, the good news is that many teenage girls are benefiting from increased efforts to roll out HPV vaccination programmes across Africa. The challenge now is to reach even more adolescent girls so that more lives can be saved.