Mafeteng, Lesotho – Top Ministry of Health officials and U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington turned out recently to launch a Jhpiego-supported HIV prevention campaign promoting quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) service in the mountainous kingdom.
Activists marched through the streets of Mafeteng carrying banners that read, “Protect your nation and get circumcised now.” Women eagerly joined the campaign with heightened awareness of the direct benefits they gain when their partners are circumcised, such as reduced chances of cervical cancer up to 60%.
As part of the campaign, HIV counselors were available to discuss the VMMC services that are being provided at the many sites around the country and to dispel any myths associated with the procedure.
Lesotho’s VMMC program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program has been offered since 2012.
With the support of USAID and Jhpiego, more than 108,000 medical circumcisions have been performed.