(VMMC_TOTALCIRC NAT / SUBNAT) Total number of men ever circumcised

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Total number of men ever circumcised

There is compelling evidence that male circumcision provided by well-trained health professionals in properly equipped settings is safe and can reduce the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%. WHO/UNAIDS recommendations emphasize that male circumcision should be considered an efficacious intervention for HIV prevention in countries and regions in which heterosexual activity plays a significant role in HIV transmission.

This indicator is harmonized with GARPR indicator 1.22 (https://aidsreportingtool.unaids.org/static/docs/GARPR_Guidelines_2016_E...).

The denominator for this indicator is the number of male populations estimates, disaggregated by age (<15, 15-29, 30+). This information is collected under the population estimates indicator in the IMPATTS (Implementation and Planning Attributes).


Total number of men ever circumcised

Method of measurement

This indicator is harmonized with GARPR indicator 1.22 (https://aidsreportingtool.unaids.org/static/docs/GARPR_Guidelines_2016_E...).

A guide to indicators for male circumcision programs in the formal health care system. Geneva, World Health Organization/UNAIDS, 2009. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241598262_eng.pdf

Estimates derived from population-based surveys (Demographic and Health Survey, AIDS Indicator Survey, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys or other representative surveys); this indicator will help to determine male circumcision prevalence. The total number of men circumcised should include all men circumcised regardless if circumcised at birth, as part of the VMMC program or at any other time during their lifetime.

Measurement frequency


Explanation of the numerator

Disaggregation: Disaggregated data is optional. If data is available enter by age. 

- Age (<15, 15-29, 30+)

Further information

Subnational reporting:

To adequately plan the VMMC program, these numbers are needed from both the National and subnational level. The subnational level is considered that in which the country team has prioritized their program (PSNU).

This data should be entered for all subnational units, regardless of PEPFAR funding supporting these geographical areas, if there are no achievements, enter 0; so that the total of the subnational number should equal the total number of National number.

Entered by

USG country team


Narratives should include information on how subnational estimates have been derived for both results and targets and include the time frame for which the results represent.


Host country teams often set targets by OU, and subnational level to plan their programs (please describe the target setting process that the host country employs in the narratives).

If the host country does not develop targets for this indicator, then for planning purposes, data should be entered that includes MOH results from the previous reporting with the PEPFAR planned targets (at the least) should constitute the host country targets.