VMMC campaign to increase demand

Peers invited to get circumcised

04 February 2019 | Health

Elizabeth Mupetami; Demand creation coordinator; “We want the guys to talk to their friends so that more people can receive the smart cut.”

Adolf Kaure - A voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) champion day was recently held at block six of the Swakopmund state hospital.

The "do it for a friend campaign" was inaugurated on the day with the aim of motivating previously circumcised men to invite their friends to get circumcised.

VMMC's demand creation coordinator in Swakopmund, Elizabeth Mupetami, explained why it was necessary to start the new campaign.

“This is another strategy to increase the demand for male circumcisions. We want the guys to talk to their friends and convince more males to receive the smart cut. Candidates receive a comprehensive checkup as well as counselling.”

Invited friends are given a referable card with the contact details of the clinic as well as that of their friends’. They are then picked up by the VMMC van or come to the clinic.

So far 400 people were circumcised in the Erongo region during this financial year.

“This total is low for the third quarter. It was festive season and men wanted to be intimate. They are under the impression that wounds heal in winter. It could also be due to migration taking place in the festive season.

“Despite that we have done well in the Erongo region over the last three years. People are becoming more knowledgeable about voluntary medical male circumcision. Government has made it a priority and this is the first time men have been brought together like this through a health programme.”

The VMMC has various benefits. It is voluntary, no one is forced to come for circumcision and it is done medically by trained profession­al nurses. This makes the procedure ­hygienic.

Other benefits of voluntary medical male circumcision is that you are partially protected with a 60% chance not to contract HIV as well as sexually transmitted infections. Those who partake are also protected from penile cancer.

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