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Research Article

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: Logistics, Commodities, and Waste Management Requirements for Scale-Up of Services

  • Dianna Edgil mail,

    dedgil@usaid.gov

    Affiliation: United States Agency for International Development, Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

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  • Petra Stankard,

    Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Steven Forsythe,

    Affiliation: Futures Institute, Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Dino Rech,

    Affiliation: Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Kristin Chrouser,

    Affiliation: Jhpiego, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Tigistu Adamu,

    Affiliation: Jhpiego, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Sameer Sakallah,

    Affiliation: Supply Chain Management Systems, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Anne Goldzier Thomas,

    Affiliation: Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Jennifer Albertini,

    Affiliation: United States Agency for International Development, Mbabane, Swaziland

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  • David Stanton,

    Affiliation: United States Agency for International Development, Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

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  • Kim Eva Dickson,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Emmanuel Njeuhmeli

    Affiliation: United States Agency for International Development, Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

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  • Published: November 29, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001128
  • Published in PLOS Medicine

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Practical considerations in a much-needed campaign

Posted by jsack3 on 01 Dec 2011 at 19:38 GMT

Too often international AID organizations rely on existing infrastructure for their on-the-ground interventions. This article considers many of the hidden costs of waging a surgical campaign for medical male circumcision and identifies areas of waste management, basic supplies and logistics which are often not provided by poorly funded local institutions.

No competing interests declared.