Swaziland male circumcision strategic and operational plan for HIV prevention, 2014-2018
The Swaziland Male Circumcision Strategic and Operational Plan for HIV Prevention 2014-2018 builds on the achievements of the Strategy and Implementation Plan for Scaling up Safe Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention 2009-2013. Developed under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, the 2014-2018 plan outlines the next phase of the national program to scale up male circumcision (MC) for HIV prevention. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is a critical pillar of Swaziland’s HIV response. VMMC has been shown to be a safe and effective method of reducing female-to-male HIV transmission by approximately 60% in randomized controlled trials. Early infant male circumcision (EIMC) is an intervention intended to sustain the long-term HIV prevention benefits of VMMC. The Kingdom of Swaziland is the first country to develop Male Circumcision Strategic and Operational Plan, which provides for the comprehensive integration of VMMC and EIMC based on the latest international research and guidelines.
The Male Circumcision Strategic and Operational Plan for HIV Prevention 2014 -2018 is designed to achieve the male circumcision outcome level results set out in the Extended National Multisectoral HIV and AIDS Framework (eNSF) 2014-2018. These results include that by 2018:
• The percentage of males aged 10-49 years who are circumcised is increased to 70%
• The percentage of males under 5 years who are circumcised is increased to 50%
• The percentage of parents who support their sons to be circumcised is increased to 60%