Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement: Lessons Learned from East and Southern Africa

This satellite event at AIDS 2016 was co-chaired by Dr. Yogan Pillay of the National Department of Health, Republic of South Africa, and Dr. Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, USAID Office of HIV and AIDS. The satellite featured short presentations sharing results and tools available to support programs to improve quality of medical male circumcision services, an 11-minute documentary on South Africa's journey to quality in VMMC services, and a panel discussion of stakeholders from South Africa and Uganda who shared their insights and lessons for other countries and HIV program areas.

Objectives of the satellite:

  • Describe how External Quality Assurance (EQA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methodologies are improving quality and patient safety in voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services
  • Share lessons learned from introduction and scale-up of CQI in VMMC programs in six East and Southern Africa countries
  • Demonstrate tools and technologies available to support programs to improve quality of medical male circumcision

The satellite presentation may be found in the attachment below.


Check out this short film presented at the conference which describes the support provided by the PEPFAR-funded USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project to introduce continuous quality improvement (CQI) in PEPFAR-supported voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in South Africa.  It includes short interview with various implementers—Provincial Department of Health, implementing partners, private sector, and QI coaches—who talk about what they have learned about improving and sustaining quality of VMMC services.

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 18:30 to 20:30
Location: 
Durban, South Africa
Location: 
Worldwide
Organization: 
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
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