Tumbuka Women Prefer Circumcised Men ; Over 10,000 Men Circumcised in Mzimba

Mzimba North District Health Office (DHO) has surpassed its Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) target through VMMC project which the office has been implementing for the past four years.

Presenting the project’s progress report Tuesday during a Mzuzu City AIDS Coordinating Committee Meeting, VMMC Coordinator for Mzimba North, Lloyd Mgode said his office surpassed its target population of 6,245 to 10,970.

“The Ministry of Health gave us a target population of 6,245 but we managed to reach out to 10,970 clients,” said Mgode.

He attributed the achievement to good working partnership amongst health workers at Moyale Clinic and Ekwendeni Hospital who conducted mobilization and awareness campaigns in addition to outreach clinics.

“We also attribute the success to traditional and religious leaders who assisted the DHO in disseminating VMMC related messages to the public through different forums,” he said.

Mgode, however, said some religious and cultural beliefs in some areas made some potential clients shy away from seeking VMMC.

VMMC, which is one of the interventions aimed to curb the transmission of HIV and cervical cancer, targeted males within the age group of 15 to 34 that is sexually active.

The project, which is implemented with funding from World Bank through National AIDS Commission, rolled out in 2015 and is expected to wind up in June, 2018.