Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Web Site Launched
The Clearinghouse was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), and Family Health International (FHI).
“The Clearinghouse will serve as a virtual resource that provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the most recent news, research, and resources on the use of male circumcision to prevent HIV,” says Dr.
The Clearinghouse will provide evidence-based guidance to support the delivery of safe male circumcision services as one component in a comprehensive approach to HIV-prevention services. “It will be continually updated with emerging information on country progress in expanding access to safe male circumcision services, including lessons learned in implementation,” says Dr.
Visitors to the Clearinghouse will find:
- A browsable database of hundreds of scientific abstracts and full-text articles
- An inventory of research activities on male circumcision
- Tools and guidelines for provider training and programme scale-up
- Evidence-based protocols and guidelines
- A compendium of better and best practices
- User-friendly summaries of advocacy issues and civil society engagement
- An opportunity to sign up for an RSS feed on news related to male circumcision
- A global mechanism for exchanging and integrating information on male circumcision programmes and associated services
Experts from leading institutions around the world have reviewed information on the Clearinghouse including:
“Circumcising men is among the most promising public health tools to reduce new HIV infections in areas most affected by the epidemic,” says
The Clearinghouse also features user-friendly, regularly updated pages on advocacy issues that are tools for community stakeholders. “To optimize the benefits of male circumcision for HIV prevention, advocates, activists, community, and grassroots organizations need to be involved every step of the way,” says
WHO is the coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO is the lead organization within the UN system for supporting the scaling up of male circumcision service provision. WHO is working with UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF to assist countries to make evidence-based policy and programme decisions to improve the availability, accessibility and safety of male circumcision and reproductive health services as an integral component of comprehensive HIV prevention strategies. WHO and UN partners use their globally accepted, complementary, normative and convening roles to lead policy setting, develop programme guidance and coordinate research to guide countries in making decisions on implementing and scaling up safe male circumcision services for HIV prevention based on available and emerging evidence. Key WHO materials on male circumcision are available here on the Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention site.
UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations, bringing together the efforts and resources of the UNAIDS Secretariat and ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response. The Secretariat headquarters is in
AVAC is a non-profit, community- and consumer-based organization that uses public education, policy analysis, advocacy and community mobilization to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of AIDS vaccines and other HIV prevention options. AVAC’s participation in the Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention is one component of its ongoing work on increasing informed civil society input on male circumcision for HIV prevention. AVAC has developed a range of tools for advocates in developing and developed countries and continues to convene civil society conference calls, issue-focused meetings, and electronic dialogues as forums for input on this and other issues in HIV prevention.
FHI works to address key public health and development needs in developing countries, including family planning, child and maternal health, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease. FHI also works to strengthen broader health systems. Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FHI and its international partners — the
SOURCE Family Health International