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dc.contributor.author Nairenge, Rosalia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-19T08:51:24Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-19T08:51:24Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2740
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirements for the Degree of Master en_US
dc.description.abstract Male circumcision is one of the popular intervention methods that is fully supported by modern health practitioners to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS with estimate of 60%. About 58 % of men are estimated to have been circumcised globally. In southern Africa male circumcision is less common. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, with Zambezi region of Namibia plagued with high HIV/AIDS prevalence in association with low male circumcision. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, practice and responsiveness of males towards voluntary medical male circumcision in Zambezi Region. This was a cross sectional study among men from 15 years and older in five randomly selected constituencies of Zambezi Region. Participants were selected using probability sampling method. Data was collected using structured questionnaires and was entered into Microsoft excel sheet and analyzed with Epi-info 7.2 software. Frequencies and proportions were generated and bivariate analysis were performed to determine associations. A total number of 379 participants were involved in the study. Most participants were between the age group of 20-29 years 124 (33%). Majority of participants 292 (77%) resides in rural area, mostly in Linyanti constituency 144(38%). Most participants indicated being single 256 (68%), and a total of 365 (95%) can read and write. Majority had adequate knowledge 354(95%) and positive attitudes 330 (87%) towards VMMC. Association of circumcision status with level of knowledge (OR=0.1, CL=0.08-0.50) p-value=0.0004, type of attitude (OR= 0.1, CL= 0.07-0.29) p-value= 0.0001 and this was all significant. This study concluded that participants had adequate knowledge and positive attitudes towards VMMC, however there are some men with lack of knowledge and negative attitudes towards the VMMC program. Therefore, the study recommends for more education and awareness campaigns on VMMC in order to facilitate behavior change among this group and enhance the performance of the VMMC program in the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Male circumcision en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.title Assessment of knowledge, attitudes, practices and responsiveness to medical male circumcision among males in Zambezi region, Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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