25 February 2011

Mass circumcision drive: Swaziland

A circucision drive has been created by Swaziland's Government in a bid to reduce the rate of HIV infections.

"Just relax, it won’t be very painful," are the last words Maqhawe Tsela hears before the nurse plunges a large needle into the base of his penis.

Circumcision programmes are under way in a number of African countries, including Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, but Swaziland's $15-million (about R105 million) drive to circumcise 160,000 men and teenage boys within a year is the first nationwide campaign.


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