VMMC CHALLENGE; RWANDA
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC).
Learn more about the VMMC Challenge and why scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision can substantially reduce the rate of HIV acquisition for men, and also reduce the risk of transmission of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) to the men’s partners.
DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
In rural areas, many Rwandans don’t have access to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. Other barriers to the service are cultural norms and a lack of information about VMMC. What’s more, there are often insufficient medical clinics and trained health professionals available to perform the procedure.
The 3 month pilot will highlight the high risk of HIV transmission in uncircumcised men in remote areas of Rutsiro district through grassroots mobilization campaigns for VMMC awareness. Their team will collaborate with local health centers to provide VMMC services and improve access to the procedure in hard to reach areas. Through performances by local artists, the project team will conduct 20 mobilization campaigns (4 campaigns per sector, covering 5 rural sectors, reaching at least 8000 people) about VMMC for HIV prevention.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
Reach 800 men with the service during the pilot phase
Reach 12,000 men with the service by the end of year 2
Jean Pierre Imanishimwe - Founding Member
Fidele Murava - Founding Member
Janviere Mugoragoze - Founding Member