Keywords: Vietnam, human papillomavirus, HPV, patents, vaccines, pap test, cervical cancer, health disparities, intellectual property, developing countries, women, government interventions, mortality rates, morbidity rates, competing interests, public health, stakeholder collaboration, individual interests, liability, scientific enquiry
Addressing the cervical cancer burden in developing countries: Vietnam as a case study
Like most global diseases, the burden of the cervical cancer is borne primarily by women in less developed nations. In Vietnam, the government and certain private players are attempting to address the high mortality and morbidity rates of the disease. Vietnam promises to be an example of a relatively effective government approach for tackling cervical cancer that other similarly situated nations should consider in establishing their own cervical cancer interventions. As a developing nation, Vietnam's government must balance many, competing interests in implementing a public health intervention and encourage collaboration among various stakeholders, while also acknowledging and harmonising their individual interests.