In early April, WVD traveled to Colombia to explore bringing our headquarters there for either 2018 or 2019. We were hosted by Profamilia, an IPPF affiliate, and with over 20 clinics nationwide, Colombia’s most important provider of family planning services. It was to be our first trip to Colombia and we were excited, as it’s a place we’ve long wanted to visit.
For 2018, World Vasectomy Day made a commitment to continue our expansion from a single day event to a series of activities to take place3 throughout the year. We know that as our ultimate dream Is to become a community of conscientious men, of committed doctors, caring families, committed FP leaders and creative storytellers, media activists and artists from throughout the world, we have our work cut out and one day a year won’t do the trick!
We have survived the earthquake, and seen our colleagues here rally to help their countrymen, as we have tried to do the same. It’s only now that the organizations that have committed to WVD have been able to turn their attention back to our celebration, and we have seen them do all the things they originally promised, in order to keep World Vasectomy Day alive for their country, their states, and the families who will benefit from it.
WHAT: On November 18, 2016, we hosted World Vasectomy Day in Nairobi, Kenya. Building up to this event, we created materials for training trainers and mobilizers, working with 6 counties to mobilize men for WVD.
For the medical community, we hosted symposia, and using the bright young Kenyan media talent, stormed social media with facts about vasectomy that ultimately caused the topic to trend for 13 hours around East Africa, with 1.3 million impressions.
World Vasectomy Day in Bali was held at a beautiful outdoor stage near a temple in Gianyar. With the help of BKKbN and PKBI, the program was a stunning combination of Balinese culture interspersed with interviews and speeches from people around the world during the 24-hour broadcast, while three mobile medical units performed dozens of vasectomies in the parking lot.
Thanks to the coordination of our partners, every man received great pre-and post-procedure care, including a meal, condoms and instruction, not to mention the entertainment of dancers, musicians, comedians and artists performing throughout the day.
Special thanks to Dania Moehas, the 20-year-old from PKBI who co-emceed the show with Jonathan Stack throughout the day with poise, humor, and great professionalism.