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.

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