GARDASIL – Haiti, Zanmi Lasante

Zanmi Lasanté, a subsidiary of Partners in Health, organized a school-based anti-HPV campaign in 3 provinces of Haiti. St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, in partnership with MSD and the Haitian Ministry of Health, implemented a school-based anti-HPV vaccination in the southern region of Haiti.
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The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the high burden of cervical cancer in Haiti through increased access to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The specific objectives include:

  • Demonstrating feasibility and acceptance of HPV vaccination in select regions of Haiti.
  • Enabling local organizations and institutions in Haiti to gain operational experience in designing and implementing HPV vaccination projects.

MSD* joined with Zanmi Lasante, a well-known and highly regarded entity by the Haitian Ministry of Health and local population, in a two-year HPV vaccination program across three districts. The program was expected to vaccinate nearly 30,000 girls against certain HPV-related cancers and diseases. Vaccinations completed in 2016 to 2017 achieved a coverage rate of >93 percent for two doses.

To complement these efforts in Haiti, in early 2018 the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation initiated a school-based HPV vaccination program with donated doses of GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]. And, in combination with the program being conducted by Zanmi Lasante, a non-profit health care organization, health officials in Haiti plan to leverage the learnings from this program in the development of a national vaccination program.

*MSD is known as Merck & Co., Inc. in the United States & Canada

Geographic Reach
  • Americas
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Disease Area
  • Infectious and Parasitic Disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
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Target Population
  • Women
  • People with low incomes
Partner organizations
Private Foundation or Development Organization

Zanmi Lasante

St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

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