South African Circumcision Program Moving Forward With Support From Zulu King
NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday examined how a circumcision program in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal, run by the Society for Family Health at the Boom Street Community Health Clinic, “is gaining momentum” because of a decree issued last year by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu about the importance of circumcision in helping to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Â
“Four years ago, the World Health Organization determined that medical circumcision reduces a man’s likelihood of contracting HIV by 60 percent. Since then, large-scale circumcision programs have been growing slowly in sub-Saharan Africa â€“ two-thirds of the world’s HIV-positive people live there,” according to the show. Cynthia Nhlapo, a project manager for Society for Family Health, “says getting the support of cultural leaders is proving equally important in other parts of the continent,” NPR notes (Kelto, 6/27).