[DOC] Women’s organisations oppose HPV vaccines ‘against cervical cancer’ [India]

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Saheli Women’s Resource Centre & Sama Resource Group for Women & Health [India]
Dated: 28 Dec 2009

In a public meeting…women’s groups Sama Resource Group…and Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, raised serious objections to the trials, study and marketing of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines claiming to protect young girls from cervical cancer in India. They condemned the blatant and irresponsible promotion of Gardasil and Cervarix, marketed by MSD Pharmaceuticals [affiliate of Merck] and Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) respectively in India for several reasons…The large number of reported adverse reactions to the vaccines, their un-established safety, serious long term side effects, astronomical costs and the fact that vaccine requires a robust screening system for cancer in order to benefit anyone…Ethical and procedural violations in trials…Illegal and alarmist promotion and advertising…Silence and inaction of part of government officials.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.