UR RSSS Campaign: Promoting Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.

University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society (UR RSSS) launched a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Training and campaign entitled ‘’URSSS LOCK ONTO VMMC FOR HIV-FREE LIVES” further to World Health Organization (WHO )which aims at circumcising eligible men up to 80% in priority countries, Rwanda inclusive. Looking at this, the Ministry of Health in Rwanda has included it in national strategic plan against HIV/AIDS yet the circumcision rate is still low.

It is in that context that University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society (UR-SSS), initiated an HIV/AIDS prevention campaign putting much emphasis on male circumcision and its role in HIV prevention. The central focus of the campaign is to raise awareness around male circumcision as a way to offer additional protection against HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other life-threatening health conditions that impact men. According to MoH protocol anti-tetanus immunization is recommended before circumcision whereby one dose is administered followed by the second dose after one month and circumcision is done two weeks after the second dose. URSSS also conducted teaching sessions in different secondary schools and communities at GASABO and KICUKIRO Districts whereby around 11100-12200 got aware in the campaign and 1224 men were vaccinated and registered to be circumcised. A total number of 806 clients were then circumcised at the end of campaign.

Rwanda Surgical Students Society (RSSS) is a student-led academic organization that promotes interest in the field of surgery.

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Renee Nshimiye

Corporate Communication Office

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