When we were last in Durban for the XIII International Conference on AIDS, the community was telling a very different story: access to antiretroviral therapy was limited, and funding resources were few. Nearly two decades later, we gathered in Durban again to talk about the path to an AIDS-free generation, this time with a very different call to action. 2016's conference theme, Access Equity Rights Now, reminds us to push forward together to change the course of the epidemic and strengthen our commitment to reach those who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services. AIDSFree was excited to participate at the XXI International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa from July 18-22, 2016.
AIDSFree Schedule of Events
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision 2021: A Gateway to Adolescent Boys and Men
Monday, July 18, 8:00am – 10:00am, Session Room 11
UNAIDS and WHO co-hosted a satellite session to launch the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) new strategic directions through 2021. The session examined the directions including focusing scale-up and enhancing service packages, platforms and partnerships for adolescent boys and men towards achieving the new UNAIDS fast track HIV incidence reduction targets.
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision as Primary HIV Prevention: Maximizing Our Investment and Considerations for Sustainability
Monday, July 18, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Session Room 11
AIDSFree, with PEPFAR and USAID, sponsored an event titled Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision as Primary HIV Prevention: Maximizing Our Investment and Considerations for Sustainability. The session provided a summary of VMMC and early infant male circumcision (EIMC)-related research findings to be published in July 2016 in two journal collections in PLOS and Global Health Science and Practice.
Updated Clinical Manuals on Medical Male Circumcision for Ongoing Safe, Quality Services
Monday, July 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Session Room 9
WHO, UNAIDS, and Jhpiego developed the Manual for Male Circumcision Under Local Anesthesia in 2008 to serve as the international technical resource for HIV prevention programs introducing medical male circumcision services. To date, the manual has been adopted or adapted for use in 14 African countries. To complement this, COSECSA, PSI, and CDC developed the Adverse Event (AE) Action Guide, standardizing the diagnosis and management of AEs. This year, WHO and Jhpiego will launch the 2nd editions of the manual and the AE Action Guide and highlight the key updates of relevance to program planners and service providers.
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement: Lessons Learned from East and Southern Africa
Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Session Room 9
This two-hour satellite event, sponsored by PEPFAR and USAID through the ASSIST Project, demonstrated how external quality assurance (EQA) and continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches are improving VMMC service quality and patient outcomes in six East and Southern African countries.
Over 18,000 people from 153 countries attended the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa last week. Throughout the week, leaders from USAID, PEPFAR, WHO, UNAIDS, Unicef, The Gates Foundation, and more reminded participants of the important role that voluntary medical male circumcision continues to play in the communal march toward an AIDS-free generation. Leading off the week, WHO and UNAIDS released A Framework for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, which shows how VMMC is a gateway to improved adolescent boys' and men's health in Eastern and Southern Africa, and shows how VMMC fits into several of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In an AIDSFree-supported session chaired by Cate Hankins of Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and Mitchell Warren of AVAC, two important journal collections were launched for an audience of over 100 participants. The first, published in PLOS One, covered new mathematical models for prioritizing sub-pops by age & geography. The second, published in Global Health: Science and Practice, covers considerations for policy, safety, cost, acceptability and demand of EIMC.
Jhpiego and WHO teamed together to lead a lively session on updates to two key VMMC manuals on adverse events and VMMC under anesthesia, which will be released later this year. Later in the week, USAID's Emmanuel Njeuhmeli presented on cost-effectiveness and modeling of VMMC, showing (among other highlights) that $1.7 billion in treatment costs will be averted for the period 2009-2030 by circumcisions conducted through 2015. Finally, the USAID ASSIST Project led an important discussion on how quality assurance and quality improvement for VMMC programs yield remarkable changes in program outputs.
AIDSFree presented several posters: