A Call to Action for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Satellite Session

On 23 July, 2012 in Washington, D.C., the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO) , AVAC, and Champions for an HIV-Free Generation brought together African political and traditional leaders as well as key figures in the international HIV response at a satellite event at the 19th International AIDS Conference 2012. This unique group of leaders shared their views on the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.

The session was a lively, moderated discussion that explored challenges and lessons learned and outlined the road ahead to accelerating the scale-up of VMMC for HIV Prevention, working toward an AIDS-free generation. This historic event can be viewed via the links below. Satellite sessions are divided into segments below for ease of viewing, and accompanying satellite agenda and other documentation are also listed. 

Satellite Event Videos

  • Opening Address (16:56 minutes) – Dr. Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, Co-Chair PEPFAR Male Circumcision Technical Working Group, USAID Washington. Moderator – Brenda Wilson, Knight International Journalism Fellow, South Africa

  • Male Client Perspective (14:50 minutes) – Angelo Kaggwa, Program Coordinator, AVAC, and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Client

  • Women’s Perspective (19:12 minutes) – Her Excellency Dr. Speciosa Wandira, Former Vice President of Uganda and Champion for an HIV-Free Generation
    Hendrica Okondo, YWCA Global Program Manager for SRHR and HIV

  • Cultural Aspects of Male Circumcision (14:13 minutes) – His Excellency Chief Jonathan Mumena, Republic of Zambia

  • Economics of VMMC (14:25 minutes) – Honorable Dr. Oburu Oginga, Deputy Minister of Finance, Republic of Kenya

  • Leadership in VMMC (18:16 minutes) – Honorable Pr. Dr. Ondoa D. J. Christine, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda
    Mr. Blessing Chebundo, Parliamentarian, Republic of Zimbabwe

  • Call to Action (14:43 minutes) – His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of Tanzania and Champion for an HIV-Free Generation

Accompanying Satellite Event Documents 

Additional Information

The satellite also featured the In It to Saves Lives  video that provides an overview of the need to scale up VMMC. 

Read more about the satellite from a panelist perspective, Emmanuel Njeumeli, as he discusses the satellite on the USAID Blog.

Read more about the satellite on the MCHIP blog


South Africa: Mail & Guardian
Uganda: New Vision