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Surgical voluntary medical male circumcision training

Surgical voluntary medical male circumcision training

This 5-day training course has been the backbone of the NDOH circumcision project from inception to date, and is essentially the core course around which much of technical assistance is focused. The course was designed by CHAPS in conjunction with NDOH and the private sector, as well as urologists from various teaching hospitals. The course targets medical doctors, nurses, and clinical associates, and it includes three components:

VMMC theory and background

This component takes place on day one and includes detailed review of VMMC for HIV prevention in Africa, the anatomy and physiology required to perform a safe surgical circumcision and a review of the procedure using all three World Health Organization (WHO) approved methods.

Simulation and practice stations

This takes place during the second day and it involves practising the different steps and components of the Forceps-guided and the Dorsal Slit methods on models. This includes the suturing technique, safe use of electrocautery, and how to identify landmarks for the procedure.

Intensely supervised practical sessions

The practical component takes place from day 2 to day 5. Trainees perform the surgical procedures on patients at allocated CHAPS training sites with experienced staff closely monitoring and supervising these practicals.

A new addition to the surgical training is a quality assurance component, which was incorporated towards the end of 2015.

Senior trainers

  • Dr Josephine Otchere-Darko: Senior Trainer and Clinician
  • Lerato Molobetsi
  • Grace Nhalpo
  • Marcia Mogalo
  • Elizabeth Masinya
  • Sarah Jones
  • Elizabeth Nkomo

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