As a result of three clinical trials which found that male circumcision (MC) reduces HIV acquisition from female-to-male by approximately 60%, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS recommended that countries with high HIV prevalence and low MC coverage scale up MC as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. Estimation from USAID HPI and UNAIDS shows that scaling up male circumcision in 14 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa to reach a coverage of 80% on men 15 to 49 years old have the potential of averting up to 4 million new HIV infection in the next 15 years and could save during the same period up to US$20.3 billion.
In an attempt to provide technical support to the field, USAID through Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) managed by Jhpiego has developed a new E-learning course titled “Male Circumcision: Policy and Programming.” This course summarizes the evidence of male circumcision’s health benefits for men and women, and provides an overview of the state of the art in adult MC program implementation. Specific modules address MC cost and impact, acceptability, quality assurance, adult surgical techniques, considerations to optimize volume and efficiency both on the supply and demand side, supply chain management, communication, counseling, and demand generation, gender considerations, implementation challenges and links to key resources.
The Global Health eLearning Center offers a menu of courses that learners can use to expand their knowledge in key public health areas, and to access important up-to-date technical information that USAID public health professionals should know. The primary audiences for the Learning Center are PHN officers and FSNs at USAID missions around the world. However, staff at USAID/Washington, its Cooperating Agencies (CAs), and other partners may also benefit from the Learning Center.
This new E-learning course, Male Circumcision: Policy and Programming was developed by Kelly Curran, Chris Merriman of Jhpiego Baltimore and Emmanuel Njeuhmeli of the Office of HIV/AIDS/ at USAID Washington. The course was reviewed by the Male Circumcision Technical Working Group, the American Urologic Association (AUA) and WHO.
The course is available at http://www.globalhealthlearning.org.