Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision VMMC project is implemented in partnership with Jhpiego and the office of Regional Medical Officer (RMO). USAID is funding the project where area of implementation is Iringa region. We as IDYDC are implementing advocacy activities and awareness to men on the importance of male circumcision for hygiene and protection against HIV infections in the region.
The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program in short VMMC started in 2009. The program started as a pilot where Iringa region was chosen and IDYDC as implementing partner in advocacy. We managed to visit all the villages that were sampled with the message of voluntary medical circumcision for male above 10 years of age. Our message included the fact that VMMC reduces men’s risk of sexually acquiring HIV by up to 60%.
By 2013 there was inclusion of Early Infant Male Circumcision (EIMC) within the program. Here the target is male infants from 24 hours to 8 weeks old. In order to get that group we targeted women who are getting Antenatal Care (ANC) services.
AIDSFree is a USAID initiative which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions to meet country-specific goals and objectives. One of the focus areas of this project is Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision VMMC. IDYDC as partner of Jhepiego we are continuing with our VMMC program through AIDS Free project with USAID funding.
We managed to reach a total of 1211 people from June 2016 to January 2017. From that total 395 are youth, 173 female and 643 male. The project is currently ongoing and we will keep updating here and on our social media pages.