As a volunteer health promoter for the George Health Centre, Violet spends her days out and about, talking about voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). It’s a task that takes the 58-year-old widow into barbershops, markets, bars, clubs, churches … any place men tend to frequent or congregate.
A busy university student opts for voluntary male medical circumcision to protect against HIV, then becomes an ambassador for the procedure, touting its safety and convenience.
As a health care provider in rural Zambia, nurse-midwife Michael Mweetwa Chinene struggled to stay current with evolving best practices in HIV and tuberculosis care.
“I have a very busy schedule at my facility,” said Chinene, who works in Mazabuka District in the Southern Province, “and it’s difficult to access learning opportunities.”
Yet, the clients Chinene serves—HIV patients with TB—require prompt and correct diagnosis, regular treatment and appropriate case management. Without the ability to get the latest information in patient management, Chinene said his “confidence to be able to provide specific services (for these clients) declined.”