Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 13367
Country/Region: Kenya
Year: 2011
Main Partner: Johns Hopkins University
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $150,000

Objective: To buy into an ongoing core-funded, multi-country study of facilitators and barriers to demand for male circumcision (MC) and HIV Testing and Counseling Services. This project, Systematic Monitoring of MC Scale-up (SYMMACS), is part of a USAID-funded task order, called Research to Prevention (R2P), which is under the Project SEARCH IQC and is being conducted by Johns Hopkins University.

Male circumcision has been shown to significantly reduce acquisition of HIV in men, and in turn large scale efforts are underway in sub-Saharan Africa to increase coverage of MC services throughout the region. In addition to ensuring access to safe and efficient clinical services related to MC, client demand for services is a critical component of increased uptake of MC. During year 3, R2P will conduct a mixed methods study to understand facilitators and barriers to demand for MC services in Kenya, one of the four SYMMACS countries.

MC services also offer an important venue and opportunity to offer HIV testing and counseling (HTC) services to men at heightened risk for HIV who may not otherwise be in frequent contact with formal health care services. In turn, improving the quality and acceptability of counseling services is critical to increased HTC uptake and an integrated approach to prevention and treatment of persons living with HIV. During year 3, R2P will also conduct a mixed methods study to understand the facilitators and barriers to uptake of HTC within the context of MC services among both men and couples.

This project directly supports the Partnership Framework and its goal of scaling up MC in Kenya, and the GHI principles of evidence-based prevention programming.

Funding for Biomedical Prevention: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (CIRC): $150,000