3ie Impact Evaluation Report 48

Assessing the impact of delivering messages through intimate partners to create demand for voluntary medical male circumcision in Uganda

This study evaluates whether an information-based, partner-mediated intervention through pregnant mothers in the third trimester significantly increased demand for VMMC among their male partners in Kampala, Uganda.  Overall, the intervention had no significant impact on increasing demand for VMMC. The intervention increased the level of comfort of the female partner in engaging men in a conversation on VMMC. Men seemed to understand the benefits of VMMC but majority need help to navigate religious, cultural, financial, and work-related barriers to VMMC.

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