100,000 men circumcised in Mozambique to prevent AIDS

MOZAMBIQUE (OBSERVATORY) – Mozambique has decided to circumcise more than 100,000 men in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV / AIDS.

Health authorities in the central province of Zambsia say their campaign will focus on the Ato-Molokwi, Eli and Gurui areas where circumcision is not a common practice.

This is the second phase of the project, which began last year, with the circumcision of 84,000 men in the province.

Abdel Razak, a doctor and governor of Zambezia province, one of Mozambique’s most densely populated provinces, supports the campaign.

“What I want to emphasize is that male circumcision and other measures are used to prevent the transmission of diseases, such as HIV, not treatment,” he says.

Although this procedure is primarily optional, men are encouraged to undergo surgery because of the difference they make in preventing HIV infection.

The cost of the two men’s circumcision stages in Zambezia will cost more than $ 1 million, which is the money that Mozambique has received from the US President’s AIDS Relief Initiative (PEPFAR).

Male circumcision is common in many other places in Mozambique, including the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nyasa, Tete and Inhambane.

According to the World Health Organization, male circumcision reduces men’s risk of HIV infection by nearly 60 percent.