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allAfrica reported that members of South Africa’s Cabinet are anticipating the start of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations for grade 4 school girls on March 7. They are encouraging parents and guardians to support the campaign by giving permission for the vaccine and educating their children on its importance. The cabinet emphasized that this is a public health milestone in the country and is based on the World Health Organization’s recommendation. They expect the vaccine to reduce cervical cancer in women as well as deaths resulting from cervical cancer. The cabinet also welcomed the revised Contraceptive and Fertility Planning Policy and Service Delivery Guidelines introduced by the Minister of Health on February 27. The cabinet noted that this policy will help young women complete their education and fulfill their dreams without the complications of unplanned parenthood.