UGANDA: President slams genital cutting for HIV prevention

MBARARA – As the president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni launched his presidential Fast- track initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030, he strongly criticized circumcision as a way to prevent contraction of HIV/AIDS but rather asked people to refrain themselves from having unprotected sex.

Museveni noted that Ugandans have failed to appreciate that AIDS does not spread like Ebola where you don’t have to greet the infected person, he says HIV spreads through one way of having unprotected sex with an infected person and that this is very easy to be avoided.

He said this while launching his initiative in south western Uganda and was held at Isingiro district headquarters where all representatives from 16 districts attended.

Museveni castigated the talk of circumcision in efforts to prevent and reducing transmission and contraction of HIV.

“I have always heard people and partners saying that when you are circumcised you don’t contract the virus, does your body become armoured simply because you are circumcised? That’s nonsense, if its preventive, how come those in the religion where they circumcise have the virus?, I think the message should avoid sex which is not protected.”

He said this has confused the masses, “before we started this campaign the HIV prevalence was at 18% then it dropped to 6% but when they started this talk of circumcision it confused the masses then it went up to now 7.3%, there is much laxity among the members of the public and that’s why we need to fast-track the awareness so that by 2030 there is no virus in Uganda.”

Museveni further said that after testing and then introduced to ARVs, that person can live longer suppress the viral load to the extent that the infected person but on ARVs can no longer transmit the virus.

However, he noted that the public should not celebrate that the government brought ARVs and they live careless lives. Museveni said that these ARVS also have a side effect on one’s health. He said that they can cause kidney failure, shrinking of the born and can cause mumps.

It should be noted that the presidential Fast-Track initiative has a 90-90-90 targets whereby they say at least 90% of all HIV positive persons identified through responsive HIV testing service, at least 90% of all identified HIV positive persons enrolled on ARVs and at least 90%of all persons on HIV treatment adhering to treatment in order to attain and sustain viral suppression.


It shows further that at least 1.4 millions of people in Uganda live with HIV of these 1,041,000 are enrolled in care and 980,954 are on ARV treatment.

Patrick Keihwa Besigye the chairman LCV for kabala who doubles as the vice chairman ULGA who spoke on behalf of all chairmen from 16 districts said that they have realized that the percentage of men who go for testing is still minimal as compared to women. He noted that so far 45% of men only go for testing and 90% of women go for testing which he said is still a big challenge.

Medical male circumcision: is the HIV prevention claim wrong?

A study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga have a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men


Circumcision is a proven intervention that reduces the chance of contracting HIV by 60%, but to scientists’ surprise, a study has found that medically circumcised older men in Mpumalanga had a higher rate of HIV than uncircumcised men.

The findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV.

The study, published in the PLOS ONE journal on August 1, was conducted by Indiana University professors Molly Rosenberg and Till Barnighausen from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, together with professors Kathleen Kahn and Stephen Tollman from the Wits Rural Health in Transition and Agincourt Research Unit.

The researchers surveyed about 2,345 Mpumalanga men, who were 40 years and older.

Read: Study finds circumcised men have higher HIV rate than uncircumcised ones

The study was conducted by the Indiana University and has painted a scary picture of the claim of HIV prevention.

A study has shown that circumcised men in the Mpumalanga province have a higher rate of HIV than those who are not circumcised.

The findings appear to suggest that it needs to be communicated to both men and women that circumcision does not offer 100% protection against HIV according to reports.

Published in the PLOS ONE journal this month it surveyed over 2 300 men across the province who were 40 years and older.

It was conducted by professors from the Indiana and Wits Universities.

One of the professors Molly Rosenberg and Till Barnighausen say it is important to note that circumcision still works to reduce the risk of contracting HIV – with over 27 studies have proved this.

But in this latest study the result has showed the opposite.

Men who reported being circumcised in hospital through voluntary medical male circumcision when older had an HIV prevalence rate of 31% meaning that almost one in three men were positive.

There are three possible theories for the counterintuitive finding Rosenberg and Barnighausen explained.

The first of their three theories is that HIV positive men are opting for circumcision at higher rates.

This may be because they may already be going to clinics and getting antiretrovirals and then make use of other services available at the clinic.

The second theory is that men who are at higher risk of contracting HIV because they have many sexual partners or do not like using condoms opt for circumcision because they think it is a safe solution.

However they then still get HIV from unprotected sex.

It could also be still in accordance with the second theory that men engage in riskier sexual behaviour after circumcision because they know they are at a decreased risk.

But the researchers say the second theory is probably the least likely explanation because multiple studies have showed no evidence for this kind of risk compensation after medical male circumcision.

Deputy director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute said if men are taking greater sexual risks after circumcision communication about it needs to change.

“This well-conducted study should make us carefully look at our messaging around circumcision so that we don’t lose some of the impact of this effective intervention” professor Francois Venter from Wits said.

And the third theory is that HIV-positive men are more likely to get circumcised. The study says government policy that HIV-negative men must get circumcised and awareness about its protective effects “gives the false impression that circumcised men are safer sex partners”.

“If HIV-positive men actually take up the circumcision procedure at high rates … [and are seen by women as safer] it may have the unintended consequence of increasing HIV transmission” reads the statement of the finding.

The study also found that uncircumcised men 40 years and older in Mpumalanga showed an HIV prevalence rate of 24% – which means that 1 in 4 men above 40 was HIV positive.

Those circumcised through initiation while they were young had a prevalence of 16% showing that getting circumcised younger really does reduce the risk of HIV.

The researchers wrote: “In our study population of over 2000 men only a quarter reported being circumcised which is actually lower than the national estimate of circumcision rates. So any social desirability bias potentially distorting our findings is unlikely to be very large.

“We strongly support universal circumcision of all HIV-men in SA because it is known with certainty that circumcision biologically protects against HIV-based on three large well-conducted randomised controlled trials.”

2 elderly men forcefully circumcised at Soy market

– One of the men was ambushed while on his way home from work and circumcised in public – The other one was also ambushed while going about his daily activities and cut against his will – The second man is reported to be recuperating well at his employer’s place – The incidents happened on separate days despite warning from authorities against forcing others to undergo the cut Two men have been forcefully circumcised at Soy Market on the border of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties. According to eye witnesses, the first man, 47-year-old Michael Iremi, was circumcised against his wish on Thursday, August 9, in the presence of other men. Read more:

Facials using mutilated Korean baby boys foreskins “are the luxury trend celebs are loving!”

Attention, skincare devotees: If you really want to take your face to the next level, you might want to try a penis facial.

No, we’re not talking about smothering your face in semen or popping a sheet mask on your peen.

This might be an even stranger concept – but a bunch of celebs are doing it, so naturally, we’re intrigued.


The penis facial is the catchy name for what’s professional known as an EGF (epidermal growth factor) facial, which uses stem cells from the foreskins of circumcised Korean boys.

Stem cells work to encourage skin cells to turn over rapidly and regenerate, so they’re often used for brightening, exfoliating, and healing the skin – similarly to enzyme facials.

But Georgia Louise’s version of a stem cell facial is getting some extra attention, because she uses foreskin stem cells – hence the ‘penis facial’ nickname.

Once the stem cells are harvested from foreskins, they’re infused into the skin using a microneedling technique to stimulate regeneration and collagen production. That’s a similar technique to another celeb-loved treatment, the vampire facial, which involves separating the protein rich plasma from your own blood and having that microneedled back into the skin.


‘The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by her ‘secret box’ of EGF serum (Epidermal Growth Factor),’ Georgia Louise explains on her treatment menu.

‘EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin – which helps to generate collagen and elastin.

‘FDA approved stem cells and peptides are penetrated deep into the skin using a special electric micro-needling wand.

‘This process allows the active ingredients to be transported deep in the skin by creating temporary micro-channel.’

The reason foreskins are used is because younger skin has better quality stem cells.

In Korea, boys tend to be circumcised, so their foreskins are an easy way to access young skin; especially as South Korea is home to so many stem cell banks.


The treatment jumped on to our radar after Cate Blanchett revealed that she and Sandra Bullock had the facial done while in New York.

‘Sandy Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York,’ Cate told Vogue Australia, ‘and she gives what we call the penis facial.

‘It’s something – I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just because it smells a bit like sperm – there’s some enzyme in it, so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial.’


Cate and Sandra aren’t the only fans of Georgia Louise’s work – her website also has glowing testimonials from Emma Stone and Katy Perry. Both have great skin, so maybe a penis facial really is the way forward.

The only catch, other than being comfortable with using circumcised foreskin on your face? The facial is bloody pricey – you’ll need to have at least $650 (£465) handy.

3 Ways Corporations Profit Off Harvesting Baby Foreskin


Presently in the US, a baby is circumcised every 25 seconds. The surgery involves cutting the foreskin off a part of a penis, generally without anesthesia, for absolutely no medical benefit in the hopes that a baby will look like their dad. Is this over exaggeration? Not exactly.

The foreskin is the most sensitive part of a male’s body – other than the head of the penis itself – with more nerve endings per square inch than any other body part. Surgical removal of the foreskin  involves immobilizing the baby by strapping him face-up onto a molded plastic board. In one common method, the doctor then inserts a metal instrument under the foreskin to forcibly separate it from the glans, slits the foreskin, and inserts a circumcision device. The foreskin is crushed and then cut off. The amount of skin removed in a typical infant circumcision is the equivalent of 15 square inches in an adult male.

As journalist Sara Burrows puts it, “Circumcision has been likened to having a sharp metal instrument jammed under one’s finger nail, down to the base, and shoved around, back and forth, until the entire nail is separated from the nail bed, and then sliced off.”

So what does removing one of the most sensitive organs from a man due to his sexual ability?

Circumcising men takes away 75 percent of their capacity for sexual sensation and. They are 4.5 times (450%) more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to the British Journal of Urology International.

But, there’s a medical benefit to robbing men of sexual sensation, right? No. There are no professional medical associations in the United States or anywhere else in the world which recommend routine circumcision as medically necessary. In fact, leaving boys intact is becoming the norm in the U.S., as parents realize the risks and harms of circumcision.

Still, circumcision is readily done within the United States, and just as corporations make money off war, they also make money off the suffering of babies.

There exists a Holy Grail in the cosmetic industry to create a cream that sheds years off your skin. Scientists have discovered such a ingredient, fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts cause the skin to regrow the elasticity and elegance of youth for whoever uses a fibroblast-based cream. What is the best source for these wonder cells? Baby foreskins.

Infant’s foreskin has special cell properties , similar to those found in stem cells. Their versatility means that they can be used to cultivate skin cells.

Because of this, they’re not tossed out with the rest of the medical waste after a birth. Instead, hospitals sell them to companies and institutions for a wide variety of uses. Companies will pay thousands of dollars for a single foreskin.

Some of the strangest purposes they’re put to:

  • Cosmetics: Foreskins are used to make high-end skin creams. The skin products contain fibroblasts grown on the foreskin and harvested from it. One foreskin can be used for decades to produce fancy face cream like the SkinMedica products hawked on Oprah.
  • Skin grafts: In addition to making products for skin, a baby’s foreskin can be turned into a skin graft for a burn victim. Because the cells are extremely flexible, they’re less likely to be rejected. Currently, this technology can be lifesaving in providing a real skin “band aid” to cover an open wound while a burn victim heals. Researchers at Harvard and Tufts are working on advanced skin replacements that use human foreskins.
  • Cosmetic testing: All those cruelty-free cosmetics you buy? Some of them are tested on foreskins. This yields better results, since they’re human skin. And it saves the lives of the rodents your shampoo would otherwise be tested on.

It is estimated that a single male foreskin can retail for around $100,000, which means that companies like SkinMedica  – who use baby foreskin to create their skin care product – sell their foreskin facial creams for $150 an ounce.

Now, you also have companies like Pfizer—the creator of Viagra— making money off of Erectile Dysfunction that is directly linked to circumcision. So if you’re wondering why various institutions are backing such a barbaric practice, think about the amount of money being made. Is it really ethical to rob a male of their sexual pleasure in the name of religion or profit?

Now that we live in the age of information—and we have the evidence that conclusively shows that routine circumcision is heinous— there is no reason to continue this horrendous practice. We must remove the idea that babies need to be primed like domesticated dogs as soon as they come out of a woman. We must remove the blade from the birthing process, and stop mutilating children for no justifiable reason.

Teen attempts circumcision with machete after being teased


A teenager was rushed to hospital in Zimbabwe when he attempted to circumcise himself using a machete after his friends mocked his penis.

The teen attempted the DIY circumcision using the nearest sharp object he could find after his friends told him he would not get a girlfriend because he still had his foreskin in tact.

The boy was rushed to St Luke’s Mission Hospital in the country’s Lupane District, where he spent two days recovering from the botched procedure, according to the Daily Mail.

Staff at the clinic also carried out the circumcision operation that the boy had attempted on himself.

A doctor said he did not understand why the boy had tried to circumcise himself as healthcare workers would have visited his house to perform the routine op.


Dr Nyasha Masuka, medical director of Matabeleland North Province, told news website My Zimbabwe: “It seems the other boys were laughing at him for not being circumcised so he used a machete to circumcise himself and he injured himself in the process.’

“He was rushed to St Lukes Hospital where the health staff circumcised him.”

Dr George Mature, medical officer for Lupane district, said other patients at the hospital were ‘shocked’ that the boy had had the courage to take the weapon to his own penis.

He said: “The patients who were admitted with him were wondering how he managed to do it.

“The good thing is that he wounded the outer layer of foreskin. So we had to keep him at the hospital to monitor him as he had used a clinically inappropriate tool so we were worried that it could have caused an infection.”

The incident comes less than a month after a 10-year-old boy had the tip of his penis chopped off after a routine circumcision operation went horribly wrong.

The boy, who has not been named, was rushed to a hospital in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, after the incident at a clinic in a local suburb, which it is believed the surgeon’s laser scalpel might have slipped.

Daily Mail

Malaysia: Boy forced to use urine bag after botched circumcision

SEGAMAT: Another case of botched circumcision was reported on Jan 5 after a 10-year-old boy had part of his penis severed following a mass circumcision ceremony at a surau in Sg Buloh.

The boy was referred to Hospital Selayang after the bleeding in his penis failed to stop following the Nov 25 procedure which was performed by an assistant medical officer.

After doctors failed to reattach the blackened penis head, he was sent to a private hospital to undergo three more surgeries.

As a result, the boy now has to urinate using a catheter and carries around a urine bag on his body.

On Dec 15, a nine-year-old boy had his glans penis severed in a circumcision at a private clinic in Jalan Ipoh.

He was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) to reattach it but it had already turned black, leaving the doctor no choice but to amputate.

Five days later, it was reported that a 10-year-old boy also had the head of his penis severed during a botched laser circumcision at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama.

The boy was rushed to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital, which then referred him to HKL and his glans penis was successfully reattached.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said parents of botched circumcision victims could take the matter to court to demand compensation.

“Meanwhile, under the ministry’s jurisdiction, we can suspend the medical and clinic licences of errant practitioners if they are found guilty of negligence,” he said this after a working visit at Pekan Batu Anam here on Saturday.

Deaths from botched circumcision climb to 23 in S. Africa

CAPE TOWN, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — At least 23 people have died from botched circumcision during the summer initiation season in South Africa, authorities said Wednesday.

The deaths occurred despite the “Zero Deaths” campaign launched by the government, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in its latest update on initiation deaths during the summer initiation season.

“Despite government’s interventions, these tragic incidents seem to persist,” department spokesperson Legadima Leso said.

Most of the deaths were reported in bogus initiation schools, according to Leso.

He said government-dispatched teams will continue to monitor the situation across the country throughout the current initiation season.

“We are urging communities, especially parents, care givers or legal guardians to play their part and support our zero deaths approach during this initiation season – enough is enough,” said Leso.

The message should be clear that those who use the important cultural practice of South Africa to enrich themselves have no place in the communities, Leso said.

“Let us all alert the authorities about bogus initiation schools and those that abduct our children, thus disgracing this important part of our tradition,” he added.

Circumcision is viewed a sacred practice in African cultures, marking a male’s transition from child to adulthood. According to the tradition, young males have to be circumcised as the passage to manhood.

In winter and summer initiation seasons of 2015, approximately 101 initiates lost their lives, most in the Eastern Cape, and in the last 10 years there has been an estimated 1,000 penile amputations.

Slimmer Women’s Waist is Associated with Better Erectile Function in Men Independent of Age


Previous research has indicated that men generally rate slimmer women as more sexually attractive, consistent with the increased morbidity risks associated with even mild abdominal adiposity. To assess the association of women’s waist size with a more tangible measure of perceived sexual attractiveness (as well as reward value for both sexes), we examined the association of women’s age and waist circumference with an index of men’s erectile function (IIEF-5 scores), frequency of penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI), and sexual satisfaction in a representative sample of Czechs (699 men and 715 women) aged 35–65 years. Multivariate analyses indicated that better erectile function scores were independently associated with younger age of self and partner and women’s slimmer waist. PVI frequency was independently associated with women’s younger age and women’s slimmer waist. Sexual satisfaction was independently associated with men’s younger age and slimmer waist for both sexes. Better erectile function, greater PVI frequency, and greater sexual satisfaction were associated with women’s slimmer waist, independently of both sexes’ ages. Possible reasons for the waist effects were discussed, including women’s abdominal body fat decreasing their own desire through neurohormonal mechanisms and decreasing their partner’s desire through evolutionarily-related decreased sexual attractiveness.

15-year-old boy admitted after circumcision goes wrong

A 15-year-old boy was admitted to Webuye county hospital on Wednesday morning after his penis was nearly chopped off by a ‘quack’ circumciser.

The class five pupil was rushed to the hospital by relatives after the circumciser’s knife slit almost all of his manhood.

The parents said the boy was not cut by a traditional circumciser but by a doctor who had been called to perform the operation.

The doctor, who has since gone into hiding, is said to have previously circumcised two other boys in the same homestead successfully.

Webuye hospital medical superintendent Patrick Muturo said the minor is responding well to treatment although the damage done was extensive.

Muturo said the quack had lied to the family that he was an experienced medic who knew how to carry out a circumcision.

He asked parents to take their children to hospitals and health centres instead of trusting “people who have never been to medical class”.

“[Such people] come with cheaper prices … carrying with them scissors and items that are not sterilized and yet you don’t even know how many people he has cut with the scissors,’’ he said.

He asked police to crack whip and arrest all those people who are tainting the image of doctors by transversing in village’s circumcising boys.

A source from the hospital that sought anonymity said that close to 14 boys have been treated at the facility in similar circumstances.

This comes even as Bungoma county director of culture Augustine Mayabi warned circumciser against forcing their way to cut children without parent’s approval.

This right of passage, which takes place in the month of August, will see hundreds of boys from the Tachoni and Bukusu communities in Transzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega and parts of Busia face the cut.


A 65-year old man who nearly chopped off a penis during a circumcision exercise has been charged with inflicting severe injury.

Jared Khisa alias Panadol from Sinoko area in Webuye East constituency pleaded guilty to the charge before resident magistrate Chrispinus Oruwo on Friday.

But Khisa denied allegations that he was a quack saying he had more than eight years experience.

”Nothing like this has ever happened. This was bad luck,” he said.

Khisa was arrested on Monday at the home of the 15-year old boy.

He will be detained at the Bungoma government prison for 14 days for police to complete investigations.

The prosecution opposed his bail application saying he was likely to interfere with the probe.

The boy was taken to Webuye county hospital.

More on this: 15-year-old boy admitted after circumcision goes wrong

Bungoma East CID boss Paul Mumo warned unqualified people from performing circumcisions saying they will be arrested and jailed.

He said more than 14 cases have been reported.

Malawi: Police Arrest 2 After Death of Boy in Circumcision Camp – Manslaughter Charge


Malawi Police in Kasungu have arrested an 85 year old man and his 69 year old accomplice following the death of a 13 year old boy in a Yao circumcision camp popularly known as Ndagala.

Kasungu police spokesperson Edna Mzingwitsa confirmed the arrest of Jeke Weremu and Asina Asauka suspected to have been people behind the circumcision of Julius Sayinet who bled to his death two weeks ago after the circumcision went wrong.

Both Weremu and Asauka have since been charged with manslaughter.

Weremu said he was surprised that the boy died after a normal circumcision process, saying the boy was the first to die in his 30 year old career as Ngaliba.

Asauka, on the other hand expressed sadness that the boy had died.

He said he had sent a message to his parents when the boy was not feeling well after he bled severely and the wound on his penis was going bad.

“I thought they would come and take him to hospital,” he said.

The two remain on full police remand in Kasungu.

Baby Boy dies after circumcision surgery

A one-month-old Emirati boy died just after undergoing a circumcision operation at a government hospital in Khorfakkan, prompting the Ministry of Health to open an investigation into the case, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Hamad Saeed, 23, said he took his son to the hospital for the surgery and waited for nearly two hours before the operation finished.

He told Emarat Al Youm daily that he saw his son carried out of the operation room covered with blood and that he was admitted to the intensive care unit.

“He was pale and my wife and I were much worried…I then heard the pediatrician arguing with the doctor who performed the surgery and realized that there is something wrong…10 minutes later, I was told my son is dead,” he said.

The paper said the Ministry of Health formed a committee to investigate the case and determine the cause of the baby’s death.

It quoted Saeed as saying he had reported the case to the prosecutor, who said that he would open a criminal case after receiving a coroner report.

Namibian men rejecting male genital mutilation


Windhoek- Circumcised and ready for action? These four words that are part of a radio advertisement currently gracing the airwaves have aroused mixed feelings among Namibians.

The advertisement is being run by the health ministry, as part of a campaign to educate and encourage men to opt for voluntary medical male circumcision.

Namibia aims to circumcise 330 000 men by 2025 but since the programme was officially launched in 2014, just above 30 000 have taken up the offer.

Most Namibian men, like Windhoek security guards Simeon Hafeni and Gottlieb Kalandu, are refusing to let go of their foreskins.

Hafeni, who is from the northern regions of the country where circumcision is not compulsory under tribal beliefs, says he does not see any reason for him to be cut.

“What if I get the cut now, and then tomorrow another disease that needs the foreskin comes by?” he asks.

His workmate, Kalandu quips: “God was not a fool to create men with a foreskin.”

Malawi: Over 19,000 men in KK targeted for genital mutilation

Despite the lack of clear evidence connecting circumcision to the drop in the spread of HIV, Nkhotakota district health office has disclosed that it will embark on a massive campaign of male circumcision that is targeting over 19,000 men in the district.

The campaign is scheduled to run from this month to June next year which will see among other things the establishment of three male medical circumcision centres in addition to existing four in the district.

Meanwhile, the district health office has incorporated Angaliba in the exercise as they have been tasked to mobilise children awaiting circumcision when schools close.

District coordinator for the exercise, Limbani Luwe, said a team of 12 medical personnel has been trained adding a contingent of 30 is expected to be trained for the exercise.

“We have taken over the exercise from Angaliba. It will start from July this year up to June 2017. We thought of doing it together with them (Angaliba) with an aim of rectifying irregularities that surround medical and traditional circumcision,” he said.

A similar exercise in Chikhwawa left a child with his private parts mutilated.

On whether prisoners would be circumcised Luwe said: “At present, there are legal provisions that restrict us. But we are in a process of consulting our counterparts (prison authorities).”

Government started the exercise as a pilot in 2012 at Bwaila medical circumcision clinic in Lilongwe in partnership with I-TECH.

Research, however, previously revealed that there is not conclusive evidence to support claims that male circumcision reduces HIV infection.

In our previous investigation, we also found that males who undergo circumcision are likely to get infection than their uncircumcised counterparts.

For more on circumcision, read the following articles posted previously on Malawi24:

For more on circumcision, read the following articles:


circumcisions claim many lives in South Africa


Botched circumcision in has claimed at least 10 lives since the start of the winter initiation season which began in June, health officials said on Sunday.

All the deaths which resulted from pneumonia, dehydration and assault were reported in Cape province, where most of circumcision-related deaths take place every year, Xinhua news agency reported.

This came despite a pledge by the government to ensure a zero-death initiation season. The government has vowed to take tougher actions against botched circumcisions which kill many youths every year.

In 2015, during winter and summer initiation seasons, approximately 101 initiates lost their lives (most in the Eastern Cape) and in the last 10 years there have been an estimated 1,000 penile amputations.

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA: Men are resisting genital mutilation

July 2, 2016

Namibia’s male circumcision initiative to prevent HIV faces headwind

WINDHOEK (Xinhua) — Circumcised and ready for action?

These four words that are part of a radio advertisement currently gracing the airwaves have aroused mixed feelings among Namibians.

The advertisement is being run by the health ministry as part of a campaign to educate and encourage men to opt for voluntary medical male circumcision.

Namibia aims to circumcise 330, 000 men by 2025 but since the program was officially launched in 2014, just above 30, 000 have taken up the offer.

Most Namibian men, like Windhoek security guards Simeon Hafeni and Gottlieb Kalandu, are refusing to let go of their foreskins.

Hafeni, who is from the northern regions of the country where circumcision is not compulsory under tribal beliefs, says he does not see any reason for him to be cut.

What if I get the cut now, and then tomorrow another disease that needs the foreskin comes by?” he asks.

His workmate, Kalandu quips: “God was not a fool to create men with a foreskin.

[These are not the best reasons to stay intact. The best reasons are that the foreskin is valuable, and that the protection offered, even if true, is insufficient to substitute cutting for the vastly more protective condoms.]

These two could symbolize the difficulty the health ministry’s campaign faces even after rolling out the program as far back as 2009 when the World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS Organization (UNAIDS) recommended circumcision as one of an HIV preventative measure.

Namibia went on to train more than 260 health care workers to provide deal with circumcision, while 33 district hospitals were made available for the program.

A national strategic plan for 2010/11-2015/16 drawn up and revised in 2013 lists six core program to prevent and control the spread of HIV in the country including circumcision.

The strategic plan states that there is need to reach out to HIV negative adult men and initiate services for adolescents.

Although health ministry spokesperson Ester Paulus said that circumcision is a “low-cost medical intervention”, the strategic plan shows that more than 200 million Namibian dollars (13 million U.S. dollars) was set aside for the first three years.

“Male circumcision is a one-time, low cost medical intervention, which has been recommended by the WHO as part of a comprehensive package of HIV prevention.”

The country also carried out a pilot project in Aug. 2009 in capital Windhoek and at Oshakati, in the north of the country about 700 kilometers from Windhoek.

Realizing that fewer men were volunteering, the health ministry has been on an aggressive campaign. Apart from the advertisements, the health minister, Bernard Haufiku, has also been vocal about the need for men to get the cut.

When the advertisements were launched in May, Haufiku said in high HIV prevalence countries like Namibia, circumcision will at least prevent one in five infections as it reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 60 percent. [This is a dangerously false way of applying this already-misleading statistic.]

Hafeni and Kalandu say they have heard the advertisements, which they think are humorous.

“But radio is radio. I don’t believe everything I hear on radio,” Kalandu says.

Uganda: Minister Promises to Make Father’s Day Public Holiday


Kampala — The government has promised to gazette Father’s Day, marked every June 21 worldwide, as a public holiday.

The pledge by the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Kirunda Kivejinja, follows demands by a rights group during a meeting organised by Men’s Protection Against Domestic Violence in Kampala on Tuesday.

Mr Kivejinja urged men who are suffering quietly to come out and fight for their rights, saying: “It won’t be demeaning for a man to fight for his rights.”

Fathers’ Day was celebrated under the theme: “Do fathers still treasure being fathers?.”

Mr Kivejinja cited cultural beliefs and perceptions as one of the reasons for persistence in domestic violence against men because “men have found it hard to come out and fight for their rights.”

“Men’s rights have to be respected in order to bring back the dignity of men,” he said

Mr Reuben Muhabuzi, the founder of Men’s Protection Against Domestic Violence, urged for the respect of men rights, saying the government should enact laws to protect vulnerable men.

Mr Herbert Francis Mbuga, a member of the organisation, said many men out there are suffering as a result of greed.

“A woman can provoke a man just because she wants to take property,” he said urging courts to treat men and women fairly in regard to family disputes.

However, Mr Kivejinja did not say whether government would also make Mothers’ Day, which in many countries is celebrated on the second Sunday of every May, a public holiday

About the day

Marked: Father’s Day is celebrated every third Sunday of June across the globe. However, most countries in Europe celebrate the day somewhere in March on varying dates.

Popularised: The day, which has been celebrated since the twentieth century, is said to have been popularised by the Spanish and Portuguese with the day being marked every March 19.

Denmark defends circumcision as a human right – even though 75% are against it—even-though-75-are-against-it-2016-6

Even though a large majority of Danes are against the circumcision of boys, and even though the circumcision of girls is strictly prohibited in Denmark, the government has now officially accepted that it’s a human right for parents to circumcise their sons.

The Local reports that a YouGov survey from 2014 showed that 74% of Danes were against the circumcision of boys, while only 10% supported the practise. Despite that, about 1000-2000 boys ar circumcised each year in Denmark,according to the CPH Post.

Since 2014, the matter has been reviewed but without much to show for it.

In 2015, Denmark decided to delete its registry of circumcised individuals,reports the Local. Now, in a report to the United Nations the Danish government officially accepts an Egyptian convention which recognizes circumcision as a human right, writes CPH Post.

The basis is that circumcision of boys is rarely associated with medical complications, when performed under medical supervision, and that it’s viewed as a religious expression and therefore falls under the freedom of religion right.

Circumcision of boys will therefore remain legal as it complies with Danish law and is carried out by a doctor.

Male circumcision can lead to a more problematic sex life. 

Contrary to claims that circumcision in males is unproblematic, however, a Danish study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2011 finds that circumcision leads to frequent orgasm difficulties in Danish men. The study also finds that women who are the sexual partners of circumcised men also have significantly higher orgasm difficulties, more problems with painful intrcourse (dyspareunia), and more often feel a sense a incomplete fulfillment of sexual needs.