COVID-19 slows VMMC programme

Measures to prevent COVID-19 have slowed down Zimbabwe’s voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme, the Chronicle reports. To avert new HIV infections, the country’s Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) aims to circumcise about 400,000 men in 2020. As of April 2020, however, only 37,060 men had been circumcised. The director of the HIV, AIDS and TB Unit in the MOHCC is quoted as saying that the VMMC programme’s goal for the year is achievable despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic (Chronicle [Zimbabwe,] 15 June 2020).