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National Launch of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Campaign

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty will launch an HPV vaccination campaign in South Africa in order to protect girls from getting cervical cancer caused by Human Papilloma Virus.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South Africa.

From 10th of March 2014 all grade 4 girls who are 9 years and older will be provided with the opportunity to receive the HPV vaccination at schools. Each girl will receive 2 doses of the HPV vaccination; the first dose will be in March/April and the second dose in September/October.


HPV vaccination teams will visit schools during these two periods to vaccinate the girls that are eligible for the vaccination.

Details of the launch are as follows:

Date:               12 March 2014

Time:              11:00 – 14:00

Venue:           Gonyane Primary School, Bloemfontein, Free State

Members of the media are requested to send their details for accreditation purposes to Nombulelo Leburu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 012 953 8495/ 082 444 9503

For more information, please contact

Minister’s Spokesperson: Joe Maila 0828873581 OR

National Department’s spokesperson: Popo Maja 0725853219


Issued by the National Department of Health