When it comes to saving lives threatened by the AIDS epidemic - there is no time to lose! As the only non-surgical device in the world, PrePex enables a fast, cost effective procedure while creating incremental demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.Therefore, we are happy to share with you the rapid progress some countries have been making lately in scale-up of their national Male Circumcision programs – using PrePex!
According to Mr. Dayanund Loykissoonlal — Manager of the Medical Male Circumcision Program at the National Department of Health — South Africa is planning a PrePex roll-out as a means of rapid scale-up of medical male circumcision in order to meet the country’s ambitious circumcision target- to circumcise 4.3 Million Men.
Zimbabwe is moving quickly with its PrePex implementation. With more than 25,000 procedures done since inception in 70 clinics throughout the country, the uptake for PrePex is currently at about 40% and expected to raise up to 60% by the end of next year.
Rwanda has recently completed its 95,000 PrePex procedure since it began national VMMC scale-up with PrePex!
Uganda has adopted the PrePex device and continuing to progress towards completion of the PrePex Passive Surveillance phase. So far, about 4,000 procedures were conducted by numerous local partners.
Botswana has successfully completed the PrePex 1,000 Active AE's Surveillance. The ministry is in the process of adoption the PrePex device into its national health program and moved to the next phase - Passive Surveillance.
Kenya is in the final stages of the PrePex Active AEs Surveillance phase.
Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania & Lesotho Ministries of Health have adopted the positive results of the PrePex Safety & Acceptability Pilot and are about to start their PrePex Active Surveillance.
A delegation of 9 trainees from Zambia Ministry of Health, CDC, Jhpiego and CIDRZ during PrePex Training of Trainers and Operators at the PrePex Center of Excellence in Rwanda Military Hospital. The team is in advanced preparations towards initiating PrePex Active AE Surveillance in Zambia in the coming weeks.
Rwanda, May 2016.
A delegation of healthcare providers from Namibia has successfully completed their PrePex Training course at the Center of HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Papua (Indonesia) has completed its PrePex acceptability study that was conducted in four different sites in Papua, with over 400 men who were circumcised. Papua provincial health office and Provincial AIDS Commission are preparing for VMMC program rollout with PrePex.
PrePex will be exhibiting at the AIDS 2016 Conference, 18-22 July, in Durban South Africa.
We look forward to seeing you there!