Updates to the site include:
AIDS 2014 VMMC Satellite Sessions
Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) was highlighted in more than 80 presentations and posters at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, from 20 to 25 July. Presentations from three satellite sessions supported by the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief are now available, along with links to conference abstracts and presentations about VMMC.
New Demand Creation Resources
Dozens of resources from the former Creating Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) website are now available on the Clearinghouse. They include materials from demand creation campaigns in priority countries, case studies of promising practices in VMMC demand creation based on firsthand reporting in seven countries, and a video and reports on the regional meeting held last year in Zambia.
Global Update on the Health Sector Response to HIV, July 2014 (2014, PDF, 3.4 MB). Uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision in 14 priority countries in Africa rose from 1.7 million in 2012 to nearly 2.7 million in 2013, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). This WHO update on the health sector’s global response to HIV includes a section on VMMC scale-up (pp. 7-9).
Scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Africa: Update on Priority Countries — July 2014 (2014, PDF, 692 KB). An update on the progress toward scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in 14 priority countries documents a dramatic increase in African men choosing medical male circumcision from 2008 to 2013. This two-page fact sheet also describes what needs to be done to step up the pace of scale-up so that the full potential of VMMC for HIV prevention can be realized.
Safety, Effectiveness and Acceptability of the PrePex
Device for Adult Male Circumcision in Kenya (2014, PDF, 198 KB). This study, which enrolled 427 men, ages 18–49, at one fixed and two outreach clinics in Kenya, sought to assess the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of the PrePex device for adult medical male circumcision in routine service delivery.
Tchova Tchova CCP Male Circumcision Success Story (2014, 4:33 minutes). This video tells the story of 24-year-old Edilson Muthemba, who chose to get circumcised at the Patrice Lumumba Health Center in Xai- Xai, Mozambique. After having the procedure, Edilson became an advocate for VMMC in the region.
VMMC for HIV Prevention: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Cost Effectiveness, and Demand for Services during an Accelerated Scale-up. These articles form a new PLOS ONE collection on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) and highlight key findings from several countries that have moved to high-volume VMMC services; explore current challenges; and offer recommendations for programmes as they accelerate scale-up of VMMC services in their countries.
New Facilitator's Guide and Learner's Workbook accompany the Manual for Early Infant Male Circumcision under Local Anaesthesia. This comprehensive, competency-based training package was developed by PEPFAR and its implementing partners and consists of a facilitator’s guide and learners’ workbook, which can be used to plan and implement blended (self-paced and group-based) training designs as well as prolonged post-training mentorship of providers until they have reached the desired level of competency.
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) Toolkit (2013, PDF, 1.18 MB). This toolkit was developed to assist program implementers with the waste management challenges associated with VMMC programs; it contains guidance on the development of a waste management system to support VMMC programs, standard operating procedures on waste disposal and training tools for waste handlers and transporters.