3ie Impact Evaluation Report 50

Voluntary medical male circumcision uptake through soccer in Zimbabwe

3ie Impact Evalution Report 50

This study assessed whether a 60-minute soccer-themed educational session led by a trained ‘coach’ increased the demand for male circumcision among adolescent students in secondary schools in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Researchers found that logistical reinforcement offered by coaches, in the form of follow-up calls and the offer to accompany boys to the clinic were important factors in their decision to undergo VMMC. The results, however, need to be treated with cautious optimism when considering the potential impact at scale, as the trial was carried out in a single city.

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