Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

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The Government of Kenya (GOK) through the support of the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS), the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCOP) and Department of Health Promotion, as well as C-Change, CDC, FHI, PSI, UNICEF and the implementing partners (NRHS, IRDO, FACES , APHIA II Nyanza Program and the CMMB) have launched a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program in Kenya.[1]

Funding

VMMC is funded by USAID and C-Change.

Circumcision campaign propaganda by VMMC

Three circumcision propaganda ads (by the VMMC) aired in South Africa during football prime-time viewing.

Newly circumcised male encouraging man to get circumcised
I think they should get circumcised (VMMC)[2]
Woman encouraging man to get circumcised
it protects your balls (VMMC)[3]
Newly circumcised male encouraging man to get circumcised
It makes you strong (VMMC)[4]
Woman encouraging man to get circumcised
Once your foreskin is tough... your skin doesn't bruise easily (VMMC)[5]
Woman encouraging man to get circumcised
washing your penis becomes so easy (VMMC)[6]
Woman encouraging man to get circumcised
once it gets to half-time, you also get a cut [get circumcised] (VMMC)[7]
Woman discouraging man from getting tested
"Let me ask you, you have to get tested?" The female character responds "It's not a must." (VMMC)[8]
Woman encouraging man to get circumcised
Use a condom. All the time. ALL THE TIME! (VMMC)[9]
Newly circumcised male encouraging man to get circumcised
You are a man. Not a dog. (VMMC)[10]

A YouTube video with short video vignettes with a soccer theme that was field tested in communal video houses in Nyanza, Kenya during the 2010 World Cup Soccer broadcasts, has been removed from the web already.[11] But the FIFA website still shows information and video material about Kenyan campaigns for motivating the youth to "make the cut" through football messages.[12]

Inflated male circumcision data

In 2021, a fact-checking study by the US CDC has confirmed as false previous data claiming ridiculously high male circumcision rates in Kenya’s HIV control programme. The report published on Thursday (July 15, 2021) in the journal Plos One says the fact-checking had been provoked by conflicting reports of huge success and yet persistent high demand suggesting a need for more funding. The 2018 report had claimed success rates of more than 100 per cent in Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori counties.[13]

No net effect of circumcision on HIV

Garenne (2022) investigated the complex relationships between circumcision and HIV prevalence in Lesotho and found no net effect of circumcision on HIV. The study questions the amount of effort and money spent on VMMC in Lesotho.[14]

See also

References

  1. REFweb Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, C-Hub. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  2. Newly Circumcised Male Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 00:46. (2010)
  3. Female Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 01:05. (2010)
  4. Newly Circumcised Male Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 00:46. (2010)
  5. Female Character & Newly Circumcised Male Character, VMMC Soccer Videos, 02:24. (2010)
  6. Female Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 02:58. (2010)
  7. Female Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 03:19. (2010)
  8. Female Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 04:26. (2010)
  9. Female Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 08:37. (2010)
  10. Newly Circumcised Male Character, VMMC Soccer Videos From Kenya, 08:26. (2010)
  11. REFweb (December 2010). VMMC Soccer Videos from Kenya, VMMC.m4v. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  12. REFweb (29 March 2019). Vijana Amani Pamoja helping Kenyan youth. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  13. REFnews (16 July 2021)."US CDC confirms Kenya inflated male circumcision data", Rocket Science. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  14. REFjournal Garenne M. Changing relationships between HIV prevalence and circumcision in Lesotho. J Biosoc Sci. 4 April 2022; : 1-16. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 12 April 2022.