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Program development of human papillomavirus education program for health officials in the Achham district of Nepal

Brecker, Regina (2019) Program development of human papillomavirus education program for health officials in the Achham district of Nepal. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the world. Cervical cancer, caused almost exclusively by HPV infection, is the most common cancer among women in Nepal, despite being only the fourth most common female cancer globally and the tenth most common female cancer in more developed regions. Nepal intends to address this by initiating a national HPV vaccination program. However, there are low levels of awareness and understanding of HPV, its vaccine, and cervical cancer are present among the general population, medical and nursing students, and likely among local government healthcare officials. Medical professionals are among the most trusted sources for parents when deciding upon vaccination, so capacity building for HPV in the healthcare system is a matter of public health importance. The education program proposed in this paper, to be managed by the Nepal Fertility Care Center, will provide of cervical cancer and HPV training to the healthcare staff in the district of Achham. Through this program, the district healthcare system will be prepared for the increased screenings, vaccinations, and community engagement that will be required for the HPV vaccination campaign. This would facilitate a reduction of rates of HPV and ultimately cervical cancer in the district.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brecker, Reginarab169@pitt.edurab169
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.edu
Committee MemberRussell, Joannejoanner@pitt.edu
Committee MemberKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.edu
Date: 19 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 April 2019
Approval Date: 19 June 2019
Submission Date: 4 April 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 61
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Papillomavirus
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 14:51
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 15:30
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/36329

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