…boys outdoing their fathers
Population Services International (PSI) has expressed satisfaction with the progress of medical male circumcision work progress in Chiradzulu district which has seen over 11,500 males going under the knife.
PSI Service Delivery Manager for Chiradzulu, Blantyre and Mangochi, Pamela Msukwa told Malawi24 in an interview that the work has been nice since its start in February in year 2015 and over 11,500 males have been circumcised.
“We started delivering this service in February, 2015 and by the end of November we have circumcised over 11, 500 men and boys. Based on what we have anticipated the program is going on well and we hope it continue going on well,” said Msukwa.
Msukwa explained that 50 percent of their clients are boys aged between 10 and 19. She added that they sometimes send back some minors who come to their circumcision centres without proper approval from their guardians.
“Majority of our clients close to 50 percent is between 10 and 19 and we get fewer men clients who are above 40 years.
“Those that are aged 10 to 15 we want them to come with guardians because according to the policies these are minors, they cannot come on their own; they need to get consent,” she added.
However, Msukwa described insufficiency of structures for conducting circumcision in the district as a major challenge the project is facing, a development which she said prompts people to walk long distances to get the service in health centres.
The country’s donors are financing the circumcision of thousands of men in the country with hope that it will reduce transmission of HIV and help to reduce cervical cancer in females.
Research, however, previously revealed that there is no 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.