Over 30 000 men circumcised in Khomas
A total of 35 000 men have been circumcised in the Khomas region through the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program to date.
VMMC coverage in the region has increased to 45% among men aged 15 to 29 years old ,and statistically this means that more than 1000 new HIV infections have been prevented since the program started some three years ago, US ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson has said.
“It is an innovative program that works in partnership with the private health sector and the insurance industry. Funded by PEPFAR through USAID and implemented by AIDS-free, the program joins with the ministry of health and the medical aid fund to standardise tariffs for circumcision and train private health providers,” she said.
She added that circumcision under this program is paid for by the medical aid from which private providers' claim directly and the program equally welcomes clients that do not have medical assistance.
Johnson also said that PEPFAR covers circumcisions provides to the private providers.
“Through this approach, the program has successfully reached men who otherwise would not have benefited from this important health intervention. Clients circumcised at private clinics also receive other health services including screening for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and if required are immediately put on treatment,” she said.
She added that the US government remains firmly committed to supporting the ministry of health to achieve its vision of an AIDS-free generation.