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.
Innovations in VMMC Service Delivery
Challenges in Providing VMMC Services
Session Five: Considerations on Establishing Sustainable VMMC Services
Comprehensive Package of VMMC Services in Ethiopia: Introducing a Tool for Promoting Integration of HIV Prevention into Routine Care in Primary Health Care Settings: A Collaborative Initiative between WHO and CDC by Innocent Ntaganira, WHO
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 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