Advocates must have access to the best available tools in order to influence a desired change in values, attitudes, behaviours, or even policies and programming on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention. The tactical resources on this page are tools that advocates and other stakeholders can use in their daily work to execute a task or address a specific issue that may lead to realisation of a desired change. These resources range from "how to" videos and documents that provide step-by-step guidance on addressing a specific issue, to update briefs with the latest information on progress, to calls to action on specific issues affecting VMMC scale-up. Please contact AVAC or the Clearinghouse if you have a tactical resource to share.
Global stakeholders must set ambitious new targets for the post-2020 world. All countries and communities that haven’t yet reached 80 percent of infants, boys, or men targeted by the national prevention plan for VMMC should have funding and strategies in place to meet those goals by the end of 2025.
As South Africa went into its coronavirus lockdown in March, non-emergency procedures such as medical circumcisions were stopped. And CHAPS teams—like many organisations providing VMMC around the world—pivoted to begin supporting the fight against COVID-19, specifically South Africa’s massive COVID-19 screening and testing campaign. The CHAPS team members who switched from VMMC to COVID-19 brought many lessons from HIV to COVID-19, including that “the biggest lesson South Africa could learn from COVID-19 is something we also saw with past efforts to increase the uptake of VMMC and antiretrovirals for HIV-positive clients: Don’t roll out a public health response without adequate knowledge, or information dissemination, to communities.”