HPV and cervical cancer educational pack launched
19 August 2008
The Royal Society of Health (RSH) is delighted to announce the launch of the HPV & Cervical Cancer: What you & your pupils need to know a FREE curriculum linked teaching & learning resource, with nearly 11,000 copies being distributed across the UK.
Professor Richard Parish RSH Chief Executive said: “Education is at the heart of successful interventions to improve the public’s health. This new resource aims to raise awareness and understanding of HPV and cervical cancer within a broader sexual health context and empower young people to take informed action to protect their health.”
“The thirst for information is overwhelming. Over 50 000 copies of the Society’s general information leaflet have been requested and it is predicted nearly half of all secondary schools across the UK will be directly reached by the teaching & learning resource.”
A reception to mark the launch of the teaching and learning resource will be held on 20th August at The Royal Institute of Public Health, with guest speaker Sandra Gidley MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Spokesperson.
Professor Parish continues: “Immunisation and vaccination provide an essential tool in improving public health and the introduction of the HPV vaccination programme is a hugely significant step. However, success requires an investment not just in vaccine delivery, but also in the health promotion measures necessary to create a supportive educational and organisational environment. Education is not an ‘add-on’, but a pre-requisite.”
The Royal Society of Health, a major public health body, has brought together education and heath professionals and young people as an independent steering group, with an educational grant from Sanofi Pasteur MSD, to develop this resource.
Sir Ronald De Witt, Chair of the RSH HPV education programme steering group said:
“This is an excellent example of collaboration between a charity and the private sector which has very much been in the public interest. We have also ensured close consultation with the public sector. All in all this is a high quality resource to meet a high public demand for information.”