Oshana and Zambezi region's VMMC teams reach targets

18 Oct 2017 17:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Programme has set targets of 3 695 and 5 000 men being circumcised respectively in the Zambezi and Oshana regions in the 2017/18 financial year.
The programme is run by the International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH) under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
VMMC Demand Creation Coordinator for the Oshana Region, Harold Kandjii said in a media release issued Tuesday they targeted and achieved 3 500 circumcisions in the Zambezi Region and 4 500 in the Oshana Region in the 2016/17 financial year.
The programme started 01 October 2016 and ended on 30 September 2017 for the 2016/17 financial year.
“The success can be linked to the very active collaboration between the health and education sectors focused on complementing the national school health programme and the life skills curriculum taught in schools,” read the statement.
Another contributing factor was combined intensive mobilisation strategies to get men to go to health facilities to be circumcised.
Kandjii told Nampa on Wednesday the Oshana and Zambezi VMMC teams received certificates of excellence for their achievements from I-TECH Namibia’s Acting Country Director, Dr Mark Shephard in Windhoek last Friday.
The ministry’s VMMC programme for the said regions is supported by the United States government through funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, supported by I-TECH.