In order to understand specific reasons that women in developing countries are dying of cervical cancer at a much higher rate than their counterparts in developed countries, this paper will examine barriers of access to one existing prevention method, the HPV vaccine, in India. Access to the new and very expensive HPV vaccine in developing countries has proven highly problematic, especially in India, whose cervical cancer burden has been called the largest in the world. The first chapter of this paper addresses three of the main expected barriers to access of the HPV vaccine: social expectations, funding, and protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs). The second chapter looks at the case of HPV vaccine use in India and attempts to locate the actual barriers to access. This is done by looking at real obstacles found within Indian social, governmental, and industrial structures. Through this case study, we find that certain barriers figure much more prominently than others, and not necessarily as original commentators may have expected. The third chapter presents an analysis of the case and a few suggestions and recommendations intended to ease access to the HPV vaccine and improve social acceptance in developing countries. This paper, focused on the HPV vaccine and its use in India, does not necessarily apply to any other location, vaccine, or drug type.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Public policy, South Asian Studies, Health care management, Oncology|
|Keywords:||Barriers to access, Cervical cancer, Human papillomavirus, India, Vaccine|
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