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Zambia making strides in VMMC

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
A WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) report has indicated that Zambia’s progress on accessing voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services at public health institutions is impressive.
The WHO 2015 Progress Brief on VMMC for HIV Prevention reports that nearly one million men have chosen to be medically circumcised since 2008 when VMMC started through to the end of 2014 as part of the massive scale-up of circumcision services in the country.
For the year 2014 alone, the report indicates that 315,168 men accessed the service.
From 2008 up to last year a total number of 950,626 men have chosen medical circumcision, representing 49 percent of the country’s 2015 target of two million VMMCs.
“As the region nears the target midpoint of 10.4 million, as it is projected to do this year, each country’s progress becomes increasingly critical to the region’s success. A milestone will occur in 2015 when the east and southern African sub-region reaches the target midpoint of 10.4 million VMMCs, representing an impressive achievement in public health mobilisation,” the report read in parts.

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