International Papilloma Virus Society (IPVS) has announced the first international human papillomaviruses (HPV) awareness day. The first edition of the HPV Awareness day was on the 4th of March 2018 and annually thereafter. This year the campaign messages are HPV affects everyone and Give Love, Not HPV.
“We believe love is the foundation of a happy and healthy life. Whether it’s familial love, love between friends or romantic love, it is important that we look after and protect the people we care about.” Said IPVS President Dr Silvia De San José
National Institute for Communicable Disease (a Division of National Health Laboratory Service) joined forces with around 80 organizations worldwide to commemorate the 1st annual International HPV Awareness Day. Dr Zizipho Mbulawa was among the representatives of the operating partners for 2018 HPV International HPV awareness day. The duties and responsibilities of the operating partner were to ensure that the HPV awareness message reaches diverse audiences, including the general population. To reach these goal members from other South African organization that are known to have knowledge and interest on HPV and its associated disease as well as health promoters were invited to participate in this campaign. Health Promotion South Africa Trust, University of Cape Town, Cancer Association of South Africa, South African Medical Research Council Gynecological Cancer Research Center and Burden of Disease Research Unit honored the invitation.
Dr Harold Robles Co-founder of Health Promotion South Africa Trust also honored the invitation by attending and participating in the first HPV Awareness day, this year celebrated on the 2nd of March 2018 in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa.