Kenya: Modernizing Traditional Circumcision Rites
August 31, 2010
During years that end in an even number, the month of August sees thousands of young men in Kenya's Western Province undergo circumcision as an important rite of passage to manhood.
Thus, Muraguri and his team are trying to find ways that allow young men to honor their culture without placing their lives at risk. "While we respect the cultural aspect of the procedure, we cannot guarantee the safety when done by the traditional circumcisers, and what we are promoting is health facility-based circumcision," he said.
The government is now offering male circumcision in the Western Province at a drastically reduced price, or for free in some instances. Typically, the procedure's cost in a medical facility ranges from US $6-12 -- a prohibitive amount for rural parents who are unemployed and make their living selling produce.
"We have reduced the amount to 200 Kenyan shillings [US $2.50] in Bungoma and Kakamega districts during this circumcision period. For those living in far-flung areas away from medical facilities, we are holding medical camps throughout the circumcision period" at no-cost, said Muraguri.
Inter Press Service
08.24.2010; Susan Anyangu-amu
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