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With funding from USAID and PEPFAR, the USAID ASSIST Project is supporting national voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programs and implementing partners to assure the safety, efficiency, and quality of VMMC services in East and Southern Africa. In this satellite session, we will show results from applying External Quality Assurance (EQA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) tools and technologies to improve VMMC service quality and patient outcomes in multiple countries. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion representing national government, US Government, and implementing partner perspectives, to share lessons learned in rolling out CQI in VMMC programs and discuss implications for other countries and HIV program areas.

18:30
THSA2101
Welcome and opening remarks
Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa
18:35
THSA2102
Applying External Quality Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement to VMMC
Donna Jacobs, University Research Co., LLC, South Africa
18:50
THSA2103
Addressing Key Quality Gaps in VMMC: Strategies and Results
John Byabagambi, USAID ASSIST Project/URC, Uganda
19:05
THSA2104
Improving Efficiency through Site Utilization and Capacity Assessments
James Ndirangu, University Research Co., LLC, South Africa
19:15
THSA2105
Q&A on Presentations
Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa
19:30
THSA2106
Screening of “A Finer Cut: South Africa’s Journey to Improve Quality in VMMC”
Isaac Choge, USAID, South Africa
19:45
THSA2107
Panel: Scaling up and sustaining quality VMMC programs: Lessons and implications for other programs
Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States
Alex Opio, Ministry of Health, Uganda
Isaac Ngomane, Mpumalanga Provincial DOH, South Africa
Shephard Maphisa, Dr. Maphisa & Partners, South Africa
Wendell Isaacs, TB/HIV Care Association, South Africa
20:15
THSA2108
Q&A for Panel
Emmanuel Njeuhmeli, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States
20:25
THSA2109
Final remarks
Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, South Africa