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Employing voluntary medical male circumcision within traditional settings may increase patient safety and help scale up male circumcision efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. ZAZIC, a local consortium, and the Ministry of Health and Child Care established a culturally sensitive partnership with the VaRemba, an ethnic group in Zimbabwe that practices traditional male circumcision, to provide safe, standardized male circumcision procedures.

Ultimately, the program resulted in a successful model that paired traditional circumcision practices with modern VMMC, suggesting potential for replicability in other similar sub-Saharan African communities. Of 672 male camp residents ages 10 and older, 657 (98%) chose VMMC.


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