In March 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS issued guidance encouraging countries with high HIV prevalence and predominantly heterosexual epidemics to adopt male circumcision (MC) as one component of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy. In accordance, the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is working closely with key partners to develop the necessary resources to support the roll-out of the Tanzania national MC program. This support includes the development of operational guidelines, training and quality assurance packages, and other tools as needed.
Additionally, MCHIP will:
• Implement an MC demonstration project in the Iringa region, and support other U.S. Government partners in the roll-out of their demonstration projects in Mbeya, Kagera and Dar es Salaam through tools, training and technical assistance.
• Work closely with regional partners and the T-MARC Company to prepare communities for the availability of services, and to develop materials and tools for client education and motivation. These activities taken together will lay the foundation in terms of national documents and tools for program expansion in a follow-on phase.
• Use opportunities to integrate other male health issues with client counseling and community activities. These may include support for family planning (contraceptives and birth spacing), and promotion for male involvement in antenatal care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports global programming in MNCH, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening.
MCHIP brings together a partnership of organizations with demonstrated success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality rates and malnutrition. Each partner is taking the lead in developing programs around specific technical areas. Jhpiego is the Prime on MCHIP, leading a coalition of the following partners: JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch, PSI and Macro International.
For more information about MCHIP, see full MCHIP description on this Web site or visit www.mchip.net.
For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.