The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) has been supporting the Ministry of Health to scale up Safe Male Circumcision services in the country since 2009. ACHAP is supporting 11 health districts across the country with a staff compliment of 10 doctors, 20 nurses, 20 counsellors and 10 Health Care Auxiliaries. These teams are supported by staff from the DHMT to ensure continuity of service provision. However, during high demand periods, ACHAP engages private doctors, nurses and other necessary cadres on short term basis to help in service provision.
ACHAP Innovative Implementation Approaches for Safe Male Circumcision exceed expectations
Parents encourage sons to circumcise
Parents at Kgatleng District have expressed their delight to the Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), partners of the Ministry of Health (MoH), particularly The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) for encouraging the school kids to go for SMC during their vacations.
Safe Male Circumcision July School Campaign
As part of support to the scale up of Safe Male Circumcision in Botswana, ACHAP started a school holiday campaign on June 24th 2013 targeting 10310 school going boys to be circumcised by July 31st 2013. With ten static sites across the country, 6059 procedures were performed between June 24th and July 06th. This is about 60% of overall target, a demonstration of a campaign on course. Parents have taken the lead in ensuring their sons are circumcised as part of a national HIV prevention effort.
Press Release: New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50% or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
GENEVA, 26 June 2013 (UNAIDS) - New report also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children––only 3 in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority countries.
Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Surgical Devices for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV Prevention
1) What is the PrePex device?
The PrePex device involves a ring inside the foreskin on the shaft of the penis and an elastic ring placed over the ring that compresses the foreskin, cutting off its blood supply through pressure. The device has to be worn for a week during which the foreskin tissue dies, allowing for its removal with minimal bleeding. Sutures (stitches) are not routinely needed. PrePex is the only non-surgical VMMC device to date that is currently prequalified by the World Health Organization (see below).
Greater Francistown Teachers’ SMC Workshop
On Thursday 30 May 2013, the Francistown Operational Area (OA) team held an SMC workshop for teachers in the Greater Francistown area. This was the first major workshop of its kind so far this year, and the turnout was pleasantly high. There were representatives from 37 schools; the majority of which were senior guidance and counselling teachers.
Information update on the PrePex device for adult male circumcision for HIV prevention
1. HIV programmes in priority countries of East and Southern Africa are facing challenges in scaling up male
circumcision as an additional prevention intervention, in particular due to the shortage of surgically trained
and skilled providers to perform the current conventional surgical procedure.
2. In comparison to conventional surgical male circumcision, devices may have the potential to:
a. make the procedure safer (fewer complications), easier and quicker to perform;
ACHAP First Quarter Progress Review Meeting
The 2013 first quarter programme review meeting was held on the 16th April 2013 for the South region in Gaborone and the 18th April 2013 for the Northern region at Palapye. In stating the objectives of the meeting, Director Programmes, Dr Frank Mwangemi said the meeting was an opportunity for the Chief Executive Officer to meet and share with all staff the ACHAP strategic transition roadmap, allow for staff bonding and discuss key decision points coming out of the April 2013 Board of Directors meeting.
ACHAP hosts the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine
On Thursday 02 May 2013 a delegation from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine led by Associate Professor Jason Blackard. When giving an overview of their visit to Botswana professor Blackard stated that the University of Cincinnati has a student population of 42000 students.
PrePex™ device for Male Circumcision: A new study in Botswana
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States, ACHAP, and Jhpiego are pleased to announce...