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Factors associated with HPV vaccination uptake in Uganda: a multi-level analysis
Authors: Alone Isabirye, Martin Mbonye, John Bosco Asiimwe, and Betty Kwagala
Source: BMC Women's Health, 20(Article number:145); DOI: 10.1186/s12905-020-01014-5
Topic(s): Immunization
Country: Africa
Published: JUL 2020
Abstract: Background The cervical cancer burden in Uganda is high amidst low uptake of HPV vaccination. Identification of individual and community factors associated with HPV vaccination are imperative for directed interventions. Conversely, in most Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) including Uganda this problem has not been sufficiently studied as the influence of individual and contextual determinants remains undetermined in spite of their substantial effect on HPV vaccine uptake. The aim of the study was to identify individual (school attendance status, age of girls, ethnicity, and amount of media exposure) and community (socioeconomic disadvantages) factors associated with HPV vaccination. Methods Based on a modified conceptual framework for health care utilization, hierarchical modelling was used to study 6093 girls, aged 10–14?years (level 1), nested within 686 communities (level 2) in Uganda by analyzing data from the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. Results Majority (78%) of the girls had not been vaccinated. A number of both individual and community factors were significantly associated with HPV vaccination. The Odds of HPV vaccination were higher among girls age; 11, 13, and 14 compared to girls age 10?years, attending school compared to girls not attending school, who were; foreigners, Iteso, Karamajong, Banyoro, Basoga, and other tribe compared to Baganda, living in families with 1–8 members compared to those living in families with 9 or more members and middle social economic status compared to poor wealth quintile. Conclusions Both individual and community factors show a noticeable effect on HPV vaccination. If higher vaccination rates are to be achieved in Uganda, these factors should be addressed. Strategies aimed at reaching younger girls, street children, out of school girls, and girls with lower SES should be embraced in order to achieve high vaccination uptake.