Uganda Plans to Introduce No-Cost, Countrywide Male Circumcision Program to Prevent Spread of HIV, Health Official Says
December 11, 2007
Uganda's Ministry of Health plans to introduce a no-cost, countrywide male circumcision program in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV, Sam Zaramba, Uganda's director-general of health services, said recently, Uganda's New Vision reports (Bainemigisha, New Vision, 12/10).
Attendees at the meeting also discussed a planned survey that aims to establish how prepared health facilities and the public are for the program. The survey -- which will be conducted in several districts, including Gulu, Kabale, Kampala, Kumi and Mbale -- also will advise policymakers on how to streamline requirements of the program; how to train health workers; how to allocate resources for the program without negatively affecting existing health programs; and how to best monitor the procedures. Participants at the meeting also asked for input from Kenya and Rwanda, where similar programs are in place.
The program initially will be implemented in areas with low circumcision rates and high HIV prevalence, participants said. The participants added that HIV testing prior to circumcision should not be mandatory because it could discourage some people from undergoing the procedure, the New Vision reports (New Vision, 12/10).
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