The South African government introduced voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as an HIV-prevention intervention in 2010, based on the compelling evidence that VMMC reduces men’s risk of becoming HIV infected by approximately 60 percent. To inform strategic planning for continued scale-up of its VMMC program and better understand cost drivers and cost variances across provinces, the South African National Department of Health in 2014 requested estimates of the unit cost of VMMC and the level of current spending for VMMC demand creation. The results of this study provide a comprehensive analysis of the unit cost of providing VMMC in South Africa. These results will be used to inform strategic planning for continued scale-up of VMMC and to identify the resources required to sustain the VMMC program. Study findings will also enable the South African government to understand cost drivers and cost variances across the provinces and across different modes of VMMC service delivery.
Project SOAR. 2016. "Estimating the costs of providing voluntary medical male circumcision in South Africa," Research brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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