On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, AIDSFree launched two new resources for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) quality and efficiency: the VMMC Online Training Hub (OTH) and the newly released second edition of PEPFAR’s Best Practices for VMMC Site Operations.
VMMC Online Training Hub
The VMMC OTH is an e-learning platform that provides classes, resources, and communities of practice to help clinicians advance their skills and knowledge in performing VMMC. The OTH standardized VMMC training materials and curriculum and incorporated them into an online training platform that trainees can access from anywhere via their tablets, phones, laptops, or computers.
The OTH covers the didactic, theoretical VMMC information traditionally learned through in-person residential workshops. With the OTH, learners complete and pass the online course before proceeding to an in-person clinical practicum.
The OTH has a learning management system that creates a trainee database that tracks providers’ training dates, the time that has elapsed since they completed the course, their competency scores, and their strengths and weaknesses; and will allow for subsequent engagement with trainees to introduce new/updated information, certify ongoing competencies, address weaknesses, and track post-training service delivery volumes.
In this webinar, presenters defined and highlighted the OTH’s training goals and curriculum, compared and contrasted the OTH with conventional VMMC training approaches, and demonstrated the various features of the OTH. The presentations were followed by a few remarks from the panelists and a Q&A session.
PEPFAR’s Best Practices for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Site Operations: A Service Guide for Site Operations
PEPFAR’s Best Practices for VMMC Site Operations guide provides implementing partners supported by PEPFAR with a collection of the best resources available to implement high-quality VMMC services for HIV prevention at the site level. Given the maturation of VMMC programs since 2012 (when the first edition was released), this second edition builds on the first edition and focuses on optimizing management of existing service locations. The updated guide specifically highlights new key updates in VMMC programming, including the latest best practices of VMMC service provision across the 14 PEPFAR focus countries. In addition, each chapter is designed as a stand-alone resource covering all aspects of the chapter’s subject.
During the webinar, presenters outlined the guide’s objectives, explained how to access the guide online, described how the guide is structured and organized, detailed the specific changes to key chapters, and demonstrated the case studies of best practices in each chapter.
Webinar Flyer (PDF, 328 KB)
Q&A Responses (PDF, 240 KB)