25 July 2013

Mozambique: Government Promotes Male Circumcision

Maputo — The Mozambican government is to expand a programme offering voluntary circumcision to males between the ages of ten and 49. The campaign now has a target of circumcising two million males.

According to the daily newspaper “Noticias”, the campaign is one of the government's main strategies to reduce the risk of people contracting the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Studies have shown that male circumcision cuts the risk of infection by about fifty per cent.

According to Judith Caetano of the Zambezia provincial health directorate, the nationwide campaign will continue until 2017.

Speaking on Wednesday during the opening of a national meeting on the voluntary circumcision programme, Caetano pointed out that the campaign will cover 80 per cent of men.

Since May, the campaign has been running in the districts of Quelimane, Mocuba and Gurue in Zambezia province.

Copyright © 2013 Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.