Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)

The World Health Organization recommends Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) as a long term HIV prevention strategy for countries like Zambia with low circumcision and high HIV-infection rates.

Male Circumcision (MC) provides men with up to 60% protection against getting HIV from infected women. Other health benefits include prevention of phimosis in infants– a painful tightening of the foreskin, decreased urinary tract infections and risk of penis cancer, and reduced risk of infecting women with the human papilloma virus (HPV) – the cause of cancer of the cervix.

It is important that males are circumcised as early as possible from 12 hours of birth because circumcision of newborns is a simpler procedure with faster wound healing time than circumcision of older babies, boys and adult men.

The CIDRZ MC Program is the premier and sole provider of Early Infant Male Circumcision (EIMC) services in Zambia.

 CIDRZ supports the Zambian government’s VMMC strategy by expanding coverage of both adult male and early infant male circumcision in three ways:

  •       Training local staff on the best techniques,
  •       Ensuring necessary supplies are at hand, and
  •       Providing services.

CIDRZ adult and infant MC services are available in health facilities and mobile sites across Zambia.

Adult MC services can be received at Lusaka province in Mtendere Clinic, Chilenje Clinic, AIDC/University Teaching Hospital and Chongwe General Hospital; at Southern Province in Magoye Clinic, Manungu Clinic, Pemba Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Muzoka RHC, Batoka RHC, Maamba General Hospital, Choma General Hospital, Kalomo Hospital and Mawaya Clinic; at Western province in Sefula RHC and Kaoma General Hospital; and at Eastern province in Chipata MC Clinic.

Early infant MC available for baby boys from 12 hours after birth up to 60 days is provided at Lusaka province in Mtendere Clinic, AIDC/University Teaching Hospital, B01/University Teaching Hospital, Kanyama Clinic, Chawama Clinic, Chipata Clinic, George Clinic, Matero Reference Clinic, Nangongwe Clinic, Chongwe Clinic, Chongwe General Hospital; at Copperbelt province in Main Masala Clinic, Kitwe General Hospital and Buchi Clinic; and at Eastern province in Kapata Clinic

Our Providers ensure patient safety by performing VMMC & EIMC with the least invasive and best practice techniques, and under the highest safety conditions.

Our preferred surgical mode for adult circumcision is the dorsal slit method, while we use Mogen Clamps for infant boys. As of February 2014, we have performed circumcision procedures for over 11000 adult men and almost 8000 infant boys.

For further inquiries on the adult MC and EIMC program, please contact:

Mr Lane Lee-Lyabola, Manager


or Ms Christine Matoba, christine.matoba@cidrz.org