Genesis Analytics has been awarded a three-year grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the male circumcision programme of the Department of Health in South Africa.
Medical male circumcision (MMC) has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV transmission from women to men by about 60%. MMC has been a part of the South Africa National Department of Health’s combination prevention package for reducing new HIV infections in the country since 2010. Now in its eighth year, the programme has successfully and safely circumcised 3.4 million men in the country.
As the programme matures, it continues to have ambitious targets to circumcise an additional 2.5 million men by 2022 in order to reach 80% coverage and contribute towards epidemic control.
To achieve this goal, the National Department of Health faces several challenges. The MMC programme is in a transitional phase as international donor funding declines and South Africa, as a middle-income country, is expected to support the programme through domestic funding. Similar to other hot-button healthcare topics, like National Health Insurance, the Department of Health will need to build its capacity to appropriately manage external contracts and optimise the use of domestic funding to have a sustainable, high quality and well-run MMC programme.
The Scale and Sustainability to Avert New HIV Infections for the medical male circumcision programme (MMC SUSTAIN) in South Africa will provide a suite of technical support to the Department of Health to strengthen the MMC programme. The Genesis Analytics health practice leads a consortium with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), and will partner the Department of Health to map a path to a sustainable MMC programme through an iterative process of co-learning, co-design and co-implementation.
The Genesis Health practice will work with our Applied Behavioural Economics practice to encourage positive organisational change at the DOH. Our Infrastructure and Private-Public Partnership practice will assist in developing best practice processes for optimising domestic resource funding.
This project is the largest implemented at Genesis Analytics and builds on our existing partnership with the foundation.