Agnes Binagwahois the Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda and recipient of an honorary PhD in sciences from Dartmouth University for her lifetime achievement in treating and preventing AIDS. We have an opportunity to lay the foundation for an AIDS-free generation, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared on Nov.
1 December constitutes World AIDS Day; a day put aside to bring awareness of HIV/AIDS to the world in hope to educate and highlight prevention. A red ribbon is worn in support of this occasion and has become instantaneously a recognisable symbol for this. Though I have to say, I do find such days rather disparaging.
But various obstacles have slowed mass circumcision campaigns in many countries: a dearth of political or logistical support from governments and traditional leaders; cultural misconceptions; and in some places requirements that doctors, not nurses or physician assistants, perform circumcisions.
Circumcision has been shown to lower the risk of HIV transmission and infection in Africa. Now, a new device known as the PrePex enables circumcision to be performed without surgery or any blood loss, by nurses, who don’t need extensive training to use the apparatus.
Studies have shown that male circumcision greatly reduces the risk of HIV transmission. The World Health Organization is weighing approval of a new device that could make the procedure simple and painless. The WHO and UNAIDS call male circumcision an important and effective strategy to help slow HIV infections.
Circumcision in heterosexual males could reduce HIV by up to 60%, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Rwanda, the BBC Focus on Africa magazine’s Matthew Stein looks at government efforts to convince men to consider circumcision through a new non-surgical procedure that is cheaper, cleaner and more accessible.
In 2004, two sisters in Rwanda started a “trade-not-aid” initiative that produces high-end handicrafts. From a humble beginning with just 20 artisans in the remote village of Gitarama, Gahaya Links has since expanded its network to more than 5000 weavers nation-wide.
Rwanda’s government is studying a new nonsurgical method to circumcise males as part of its fight against HIV. The experimental PrePex device, manufactured by Circ MedTech, includes an elastic mechanism that is clamped on the penis foreskin in about four minutes, without anesthesia or sutures.
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A new, simple, plastic device, which needs no anaesthetic, surgery or stitches will be used to circumcise up to two million men in Rwanda. Male circumcision reduces the chances of men in heterosexual relationships becoming infected with HIV. Staff need very little training to fit it – something extremely important in a country with only 300 doctors for ten million people.
The New Times Publications SARL is a registered Rwandan private media outlet with hitherto publishes in English.It was established just less than years after the end of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the return of over a million Rwanda refugees from mainly neighboring countries of Uganda , Burundi , Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC then Zaire ), Tanzania and Kenya .
The African nation of Rwanda recently set a goal of circumcising an estimated two million adult men by the end of 2012 to fight the spread of HIV, and is investigating a new nonsurgical device that is said to allow practitioners to perform the procedure in less than four minutes-without anesthesia.
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. NAIROBI, 15 February 2011 (IRIN) – The Rwandan government plans to expand its national voluntary male circumcision programme using a new device, the PrePex system, which officials say saves both time and money.
The Government of Rwanda recently announced plans to scale-up its voluntary male circumcision program using the PrePex™ system, a new device for rapid adult male circumcision deployment in resource-limited settings. According to a press release, PrePex is “the only male circumcision method available today in the public health arena to offer the unique combination of the following: no anesthesia, no sutures, no blood and no sterile settings requirement.”
“You don’t need a sterile environment, you don’t need anaesthetic, you don’t need to use an operating theatre,” Agnes Binagwaho, permanent secretary in Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, told IRIN/PlusNews. “It does not need highly trained medical personnel, and can be conducted in a clean consultation room with a bed.