Ethical issues related to human papillomavirus vaccination programs: an example from Bangladesh

BMC Medical Ethics
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Ethical issues related to human papillomavirus vaccination programs: an example from Bangladesh
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine was introduced in Bangladesh through the arrangement of a demonstration project in Gazipur district in 2016, targeting grade five female students and non-school going girls (age range 10–12 years). HPV vaccination is expected to be eventually included in the nationwide immunization program if the demonstration project is successful. However, introduction and implementation of such a vaccination program raises various ethical concerns. This review paper illustrates a step by step assessment of the ethical concerns surrounding the HPV vaccination implementation in Bangladesh considering specific elements in administering and conducting the program as well as the intended results. Policy-makers, vaccine implementers, vaccine recipients, and an ethics specialist in Bangladesh were interviewed. Electronic database and websites have also been reviewed for relevant published literature and government statements.
Authors: Marium Salwa and Tarek Abdullah Al-Munim
Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19(Suppl 1):39
Published on: 15 June 2018