Joint PEPFAR/WHO Meeting on Accelerating the Scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV Prevention in East and Southern Africa

From 25–28 September 2012, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly sponsored a regional technical meeting, which focused on accelerating scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) in East and Southern Africa. This meeting convened Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, and implementing partner representatives from the following 14 priority countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The meeting organizers (WHO and PEPFAR) are in the process of finalizing a meeting report that documents what transpired over the four days. This report will be posted when available. 

Presentations given during this meeting provided information and guidance on a number of issues that are critical to successful scale-up and implementation of VMMC programs.


Session One 

Session Two

Session Three

Session Four

       Implementation Strategies

       Innovations in VMMC Service Delivery

       Challenges in Providing VMMC Services

Session Five: Considerations on Establishing Sustainable VMMC Services

Session Six: Donors’ Support to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Rollout


Session One: VMMC Communication: Key Elements of a Comprehensive Package

Session Two: Panel Discussion: Communication Issues, Demand Creation

Session Three: Panel Discussion: Communication Issues—Working with Journalists and Media, Dealing with Negative Press, Generating Positive Press

Session Four: Use of Devices for Adolescent and Adult Male Circumcision

Session Five: Breakout Sessions on Key Programmatic Issues

      Human Resources Including Task Shifting and Task Sharing

       Logistics and Commodities

       Monitoring and Evaluation

       Introduction of Non-Surgical Devices


Session One

Session Two: Coordination and Accountability for VMMC

Session Three: Country Breakout Sessions


Session One: Leadership and Advocacy for VMMC Scale-Up

Session Two: Update on PEPFAR Headquarter Activities

Session Three: Panel Discussion: Voluntarism, Use of Reimbursements or Incentives

Session Four: Next Steps