Effective Approaches for Increasing Uptake of VMMC Services in the Context of COP20 Guidance Webinar

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USAID/OHA and USAID's Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-free Generation (AIDSFree) Project held a webinar on Thursday, April 2 to learn about what the new PEPFAR COP20 guidance means for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs and demand creation. 

Because PEPFAR guidance no longer includes circumcision of boys who are younger than 15 years, implementers will be challenged to attract older males for services and to reach targets. During this webinar, speakers from VMMC programs in Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique shared their experiences and approaches to generating demand for VMMC services and increasing uptake among males 15 years and older. 

DATE: Thursday, April 2, 2020

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Adobe Connect

Q&A Responses [PDF 185.2 KB] 


Meet the Speakers

Maende Makokh

Maende Makokha is a social and behavior change communication specialist with 20 years’ experience implementing HIV prevention programs. Maende is the project director of the VMMC activity in Tanzania under the Jhpiego-led RISE Project. Previously, he led demand-creation and community advocacy for VMMC in Tanzania under the AIDSFree Project.

Francisco Zita

Francisco has worked for Jhpiego for 5 years now and since May 2016 has been the Chief of Party of the AIDSFree VMMC project being implemented in Manica and Tete province in Mozambique.

Maria Tanque

Maria has worked at JHUCCP in Mozambique for 11 years now. She has been coordinating the demand generation activities for VMMC in Manica and Tete provinces since November 2015.

Winfred Kapenda Khondowe

Winfred Khondowe is senior VMMC advisor for the USAID-funded Supporting an AIDS Free Era program under JSI. Before joining JSI, he served as deputy program manager at Project Concern International, regional manager for Population Services International, and more than 12 years as a health center in-charge.

Alison Cheng

Alison Cheng works for USAID/OHA as the Biomedical Prevention Branch Chief. 

Dr. Valerian Kiggundu

Dr. Valerian Kiggundu is the senior adviser, biomedical prevention at the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS. He supports the scale up of VMMC for HIV prevention, and provides technical leadership and assistance and programmatic advice to USAID field missions and country programs on VMMC programming. In addition, he promotes U.S. Government interagency collaboration with international development partners that support HIV prevention. Valerian has more than 15 years of experience in clinical research, HIV prevention, care, and treatment, and global public health.


Maria Tanque & Francisco Zita

Valerian Kiggundu