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)
Meet the Speakers
Ms. Jackie Sallet
Jackie Sallet has been working in the field of HIV and AIDS for the past 20 years in Eastern and South Africa (16 of which were in South Africa). She is currently the Project Director for the AIDSFree Project and holds an MSc in Infectious Disease, specializing in HIV/AIDS/TB and STI.
Dr. Valerian Kiggundu, MPH, MBChB, Senior Prevention Advisor, VMMC
Dr. Valerian Kiggundu, MPH, MBChB, is the Senior Prevention Advisor, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) at USAID/Washington. Valerian provides technical leadership on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) as well as technical assistance and programmatic advice to USAID field missions and country programs on VMMC/EIMC (early infant male circumcision). In addition, he promotes US Government interagency collaboration with other international development partners involved in VMMC/EIMC.
Dr. Stephanie Davis, MD, MPH
Dr. Stephanie Davis, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist on the CDC Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Team. Her major areas of focus are MC and women, quality improvement, early infant male circumcision, and procedure safety. Before joining the VMMC team, she provided clinical HIV care for the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative, and then served as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at CDC.
Dr. Zebedee Mwandi, Senior Regional VMMC Advisor
Dr. Zebedee Mwandi is currently the Senior Regional VMMC Advisor for the AIDSFREE Project at JHPIEGO. He is a public health physician holding a Medical Degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya, a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of London, and a Diploma of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. He has more than 19 years’ experience working for the Kenyan and United States governments and has acquired extensive expertise in clinical work, public health research, program design, and strategic management and implementation of evidence-based interventions (behavior change, biomedical HIV prevention, HTC, HIV Care and Treatment) in Eastern and Southern Africa regions. For 8 years, he was intimately engaged in the introduction and subsequent successful scale-up of VMMC programs in Kenya and Malawi. He was the VMMC technical lead and served as the Biomedical Prevention Advisor at the Health Population and Nutrition Office in USAID/Malawi, providing technical support to VMMC Stakeholders in Malawi for the acceleration of the scale-up of the voluntary medical male circumcision program. Before Joining USAID/Malawi, Dr. Mwandi worked with CDC Kenya as an HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor. His focus is on translating research into policy and practice that promises maximum Public Health benefit to communities.
Mr. Kusaasira Hope
Kusaasira Hope, DCM, BPH (panelist) is a VMMC focal person and KEY POPULATIONS focal person at Gulu regional referral hospital in Northern Uganda under the ministry of health since 2013. Hope has also provided technical assistance to other health facilities around the country in quality improvement for both VMMC and KEY POPULATIONS PROGRAMS. His professional experience spans clinical research, clinical patient care with an emphasis on HIV, TB, Malaria, Sexual & Reproductive health, and interventions in Key Populations. He holds a bachelor of science in Public health from Cavendish university and a diploma in clinical medicine and community health from Gulu school of clinical officers.
Ms. Andiswa Letsoalo
Andiswa Letsoalo is an Assistant Director for the National Department of Health under the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Program (VMMC). Her current work includes National Training Coordination for the VMMC Program. Her focus is to build capacity for the program through ensuring access to quality training for all Clinicians. She also provides oversight for the newly developed MMC Online training Hub for MOH training partners. She holds a Masters Degree in Population Studies and Social Science Degree from the University of Kwazulu Natal.