In the framework of the Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master's Degree entitled "Leading International Vaccinology Education" (LIVE), one MSc student has completed his internship at NESI from February to July 2018. LIVE is a two years Master's programme, between five European universities: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France (coordinating university); Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; University of Antwerp, Belgium; Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France. The programme is supported by a worldwide network of 31 international associated partners and 16 supporting partners. NESI is supporting partner to the LIVE programme.
Summary of internship project:
Several countries worldwide are embarking on the introduction of the HPV vaccine into their national immunisation programme. One of the regions lagging behind in the introduction of the HPV vaccine is the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The purpose of this project was to better understand the reasons behind this delay in order to make recommendations to guide countries to successfully introduce the HPV vaccine. Specifically, the project aimed to understand the current knowledge on cervical cancer and HPV vaccine, to identify the acceptability and potential barriers to introduce the HPV vaccine in the region, and to identify optimal delivery and communication strategies with the public. The study used an online self-administered questionnaire targeting university students. The results of this project highlighted areas needing special attention for successful introduction of the HPV vaccine in selected countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
The student successfully defended his thesis in Lyon on 12 June 2018.
Inayat Ur Rehman. Knowledge and awareness about cervical cancer, HPV vaccine, its acceptability and potential barriers in its introduction in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Morocco and Pakistan).