Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

Webinar: Making the Most of In-Service Communication: A Reference Guide to VMMC Counseling

Please register now to join a webinar on Monday, 7 November, 8 - 9 AM EST that will provide an overview of the new VMMC In-Service Communication Best Practices Guide and how best to use it to improve communication with VMMC clients.

VMMC offers a unique opportunity to engage adolescent and adult males in high-quality HIV prevention communication and services, and to share key messages with males who otherwise might not interact with the health system. The new guide helps to ensure that the communication and counseling at VMMC sites is comprehensive and standardized across PEPFAR’s country programs.

Presenters include:

Kim Seifert-Ahanda is the Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor at USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS. With 25 years in the field of international health and development, her career has focused on social and behavior change project management and community engagement in cross-cultural settings. She has a MPH in International Health from Tulane University and speaks fluent French and conversational Fulfulde. 

Jonathan Davitte received his MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently works for the U.S. Department of Defense’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program supporting the management and implementation of military HIV/AIDS programs, primarily the militaries of Botswana, Lesotho and Mozambique, through PEPFAR. Jonathan also serves as the DoD’s VMMC Advisor.

Lani Marquez, MHSc, is the Knowledge Management Director for the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project at University Research Co., LLC (URC). She is also a contributor to the VMMC CQI Toolkit and the External Quality Assessment (EQA) Standard Operating Procedures that are in development by ASSIST. She recently participated in the VMMC EQA team in Mozambique.

Patrick Devos is the Mozambique Country Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. He has over 18 years of experience in development communication and project management, having worked with a wide range of stakeholders and partners including national and international organizations. Mr. Devos has led large-scale health projects focusing on HIV/AIDS, gender issues, men’s participation, youth and quality.

Elizabeth Gold is the Senior Technical Advisor for VMMC Communication for the HC3 project. She also provides technical support to USAID’s VMMC programs in East and Southern Africa in demand generation and in-service communication and counseling. She has over 20 years of experience in the design, management and implementation of behavior-centered prevention and communication programs in the developing world.

Followed by a Q&A moderated by:

Daniel C. Rutz, MPH, is the Health Communication Specialist in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is currently involved in communication strategy and media engagement around HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa in advancement of the U.S. Government goal for an “AIDS-free Generation” in the region. He specializes in creating demand for VMMC.
There will be a discussion immediately after the webinar on Springboard for Health Communication Professionals. Click here to create a Springboard account in advance of the discussion.
Register for the webinar

*Please note that Eastern Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 6. Because of this, the webinar will take place at 2 PM West Africa Time / 3 PM Central Africa Time / 4 PM East Africa Time.
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