USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services
Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale
Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID
Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Pablos-Mendez writes, “This program has the potential to prevent 3.4 million new HIV infections, according to estimates from PEPFAR and UNAIDS published in 2011. … Not to mention the $16 billion in medical treatment costs that would be averted over 15 years. Through its work under PEPFAR, USAID is committed to improving health systems that are able to deliver a high volume of VMMC services as well as services that are efficient, cost-effective, and in high demand…” (5/7).