Zimbabwe nears VMMC goal

More than 1 million men have been circumcised in Zimbabwe since the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme began in 2009, ZimEye reports. The country missed reaching its goal of 1.3 million VMMCs by 2015 but is nearing that target now. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, more than 1.1 million men have become circumcised, including 301,355 clients who sought and received VMMC services in 2017 alone. The director of the ministry’s AIDS and TV Unit said that after the programme reaches 1.3 million clients, it will continue to provide VMMC services because that will help reduce new HIV infections (ZimEye, 11 June 2018).