Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Zimbabwe

Since 2013, a coordinated effort aimed at integrating the VMMC approach has relied on several partners brought together by the ZAZIC Consortium, a collaboration that is represented by the Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH); the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (ZiCHIRe), and UZ-UCSF (University of Zimbabwe and University of California, San Francisco), in partnership with I-TECH.

The ZAZIC Consortium has implemented an integrated Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program jointly with MoHCC staff. From October 2013 through September 2016, ZAZIC expanded services to include static and outreach VMMC sites and performed more than 200,000 voluntary male circumcisions. Over 80% of the circumcisions occurred in outreach settings, an approach that ensured wide coverage and expanded services in hard-to-reach locations.

Safe, high quality VMMC services are ZAZIC’s priority, consistent with a well-coordinated strategy of HIV prevention that includes using VMMC to reduce the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV.