Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(NEWZIMBABWE) Zim approves infant circumcision

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Zim approves infant circumcision
26/11/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE will begin large scale circumcision of new-born babies in the new year as part of its crusade against new HIV infections.

Officials say parents will have option to opt out of the procedure, which researchers say can reduce the chances of sexual transmission of HIV by 60 percent.

Dr Sinokuthemba Xaba, the national coordinator of the government’s male circumcision programme, said they had completed trials on neo-natal circumcision and were happy with the results.

“Neo-natal circumcision is targeted at new born males and children. These will as a result be exposed to the medical benefits of the procedure at a tender age. The consent of the parents will however be given first preference before any operation is done,” Xaba said.

“It’s hoped that neo-natal circumcision will scale up the number of circumcised men which at the moment is just ten percent and enable the country to reach or even surpass our target of having 1,2 million males circumcised by 2015.”
The Health Ministry says its research has shown that 1,500 new infections are prevented for every 200,000 babies circumcised.

Recently, the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) updated its position on infant circumcision, saying “the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks” after previously identifying only “potential” health benefits.
The revised policy is based on a survey of medical literature that found definite preventative and public health benefits.

Zimbabwe has 40 centres approved by the Health Ministry where men can be circumcised free of charge, but neo-natal circumcision will be performed at all major hospitals and approved clinics.

In 2011, UNAIDS and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched a five-year plan to have more than 20 million men in- eastern and southern African countries undergo medical male circumcision by 2015.

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