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C-Change Develops Male Circumcision Toolkit for Kenya

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Working with local partners in Kenya, C-Change developed innovative communication materials, tools, and guiding documents on male circumcision that emphasize safe healing and the importance of continued HIV prevention practices.

Male Circumcision Toolkit Kenya C-Change is supporting the Male Circumcision (MC) program of the government of Kenya (GOK) and providing technical support to the National MC Taskforce and regional communication sub-committees. The goal is to create demand for MC and reinforce that, while MC reduces risk for men, it does not prevent HIV.

Titled Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Communication Toolkit, the materials address several population groups, use a variety of strategies and channels, and are developed for Nyanza Province, a priority area for the Kenyan government. Nyanza Province has Kenya’s highest HIV prevalence rate at 15% and the lowest percentage of circumcised men at 48% (Kenya's overall HIV prevalence rate is 7.8%) [Ministry of Health, 2008].

Materials in this first phase of the tool kit include billboards, posters, a video, flip charts for health providers, radio spots, fact sheets for community, faith and business leaders, dialogue cards, and a handbook for community mobilizers.

The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Communication Toolkit is available for download at www.c-hubonline.org/7815.

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