Expanding Coverage of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision through the Private Sector in Namibia

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In 2012, Namibia became the first country in the world to cover voluntary medical male circumcision through medical aid (private health insurance) as an HIV preventive benefit. This brief describes how the SHOPS project worked with the public and private sectors to standardize the fee for the procedure and train private providers so that more Namibian men and boys could access this benefit. Recommendations include further efforts to create demand for voluntary medical male circumcision, which should be sector-neutral and allow potential clients to understand that both public and private service delivery points exist for the procedure.


SHOPS Project


SHOPS Project

November 2013
Resource Types
Technical Area
Health Financing
Health Area
health insurance
male circumcision
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