Tuesday, 18 July 2023 - 11:30 - Tuesday, 18 July 2023 - 13:00

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A future without cervical cancer: Engaging communities for HPV vaccination

The momentum of the cervical cancer elimination agenda, and the potential of recent paradigm shifts, such as WHO’s single-dose recommendation for the HPV vaccine, create an imperative for collective action and engagement across global health, women’s rights and the cancer community. This interactive session, co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will engage panellists and the audience, to catalyse action, helping to ensure that all girls and women can benefit from these game-changing interventions.

Co-host organisations 


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Preliminary Agenda


Welcome remarks and introductions by H.E Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, UICC Board Member 

Welcome words from co-host organisations: Building bridges across communities to drive progress towards the cervical cancer elimination targets. 

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Rachel Toku-Appiah, Director, Policy, Advocacy and Communications for Africa
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance – Aurélia Nguyen, Chief Programme Strategy Officer (video)



Each speaker highlights key opportunities for collaboration across global health, cancer and gender communities for leveraging recent commitments and key changes. 

Moderation: H.E. Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, UICC Board member

  • Reaching the 90% targets: the Rwandan experience – François Uwinkindi, Manager of NCDs Division, Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Ministry of Health
  • The equity imperative: Opportunities for building bridges across gender and health communities in advocating for cervical cancer elimination: Cécile Thiombiano.  Advocacy Coordinator on SRHR for Africa, Médecins du Monde France
  • Innovative interventions to engage girls in leading change for HPV vaccination: Jessica Posner Odede. CEO, Girl Effect 
  • How the single dose is a paradigm shift for implementing HPV vaccination programmes, Lucy Kiarie, Regional Director Immunisation, Jhpiego
  • The importance of the lived experience: Cervical cancer and HIV survivor: Salomé Agallo, Kenya
  • Women’s engagement for the elimination objective: Representative of Women in Global Health, Rukaya Mumuni, Registered Nurse, Ghana



Open forum discussion: Engaging key communities for HPV vaccination

The audience will be able to engage directly through an interactive online tool to input on the suggested questions below: 

  • Are you engaging in cervical cancer elimination? What kind of activities?
  • Practically, how or in which area of your work do you see opportunities to work together and collaborate to increase uptake of the HPV vaccination? 
  • What action or support is needed to drive this collective action and increase access to and uptake of HPV vaccination? 




Conclusions and networking time

Take a photo with the Frame for the Global Declaration to Eliminate Cervical Cancer



Event Information

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Date and time

Kimihurura Roundabout
Kigali Convention Centre, Room MH 2.2

Last update

Sunday 16 July 2023

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