Navigation Links
US$18.5 million grant makes male circumcision a top-tier HIV prevention strategy

NAIROBI, Kenya--Male circumcision is gaining recognition as a fundamental practice for limiting the spread of HIV across sub-Saharan Africa. Three conclusive studies conducted in African countries, including Kenya, have shown that becoming circumcised dramatically reduces a man's chances of acquiring HIV from an infected woman. The challenge now is to transform this clinical knowledge into a public-health strategy that can save millions of lives.

Family Health International (FHI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Government of Kenya have come together to address this challenge. FHI has received a five-year, US$18.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation to establish the Male Circumcision Consortium (MCC), a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and EngenderHealth.

The Consortium will work within the framework of the National Guidance for Voluntary Male Circumcision in Kenya and with a range of health care providers to improve and expand voluntary male circumcision services in Kenya. These efforts will be coordinated through the National Task Force on Male Circumcision at the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and, in Nyanza Province, through the offices of the provincial directors of public health and sanitation and of medical services.

The government initiative is also supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other partners.

The Consortium, in consultation with the Government of Kenya, will conduct a range of research and training activities to determine the safest and most effective ways to provide voluntary male circumcision services. It will also help Kenya provide comprehensive and accessible HIV prevention in areas with the lowest levels of male circumcision and the highest prevalence of HIV.

The Consortium will focus primarily on Nyanza Province, but the impact will be national, says Dr. Mores Loolpapit of Family Health International, who is senior manager of the Male Circumcision Consortium in Kenya. "This initiative advances the Government of Kenya's national strategic plan to reduce transmission of HIV in Kenya," he adds. "It will generate knowledge that the government can use to implement its national guidance for voluntary male circumcision in Kenya and will likely influence voluntary adult male circumcision programs worldwide."

Clinical trials of adult male circumcision conducted in Kenya and Uganda showed that medically performed circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by approximately half. A similar trial in South Africa showed a 61 percent reduction in HIV infection among circumcised men.

"This pivotal research has led authorities in eastern and southern Africa to initiate support for widespread provision of circumcision services," says Robert Bailey, professor of epidemiology at the UIC School of Public Health. Bailey was the lead researcher of the Kenyan study and is a lead researcher for the Male Circumcision Consortium.

After reviewing the results of the three circumcision trials, experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) concluded that the evidence that male circumcision provides partial protection against HIV infection was compelling. They recommended that safe and voluntary male circumcision be considered part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy. The Consortium's partners have worked closely with WHO to ensure that the Consortium's objectives support the WHO/UNAIDS recommendations, and that its activities complement the global health community's efforts to reduce the number of new HIV infections by increasing the number of circumcised men.

The Male Circumcision Consortium's objectives are to:

  • Support the Government of Kenya and other local partners in developing and implementing a national male circumcision strategy.
  • Expand a male circumcision research and training center in Kisumu to train providers, build the capacity of health facilities, and monitor clinical outcomes.
  • Identify and address any misunderstandings about male circumcision for HIV prevention.
  • Conduct research to identify the safest, most effective ways to provide voluntary male circumcision as part of a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services.

"Expanding male circumcision services is a great opportunity to engage men to take greater responsibility for HIV prevention," says Feddis Mumba, country director, EngenderHealth-Kenya. "By reaching a population that does not usually access health services, we can maximize opportunities to educate men about behaviour change and the importance of shared sexual decision-making, which would improve health outcomes for both men and women."


Contact: Beth Robinson
Family Health International

Related medicine news :

1. WPCS Announces $9 Million in New Contracts
2. Accordia Global Health Foundation Receives $12.5 Million Grant From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
3. UT Houston launches geriatric training with $3.25 million in grant, matching funds
4. Yankee Equity Solution ("YES") Launches $50 Million Fund for Mass.-Based Medtech Companies
5. Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces $1 Million Financing
6. Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro: McKesson Settles RICO Lawsuit for $350 Million
7. Escalon(R) Medical Corp. Completes $1.1 Million Private Equity Financing
8. Photos: Nevadas Saint Marys Regional Medical Center Raises $1.3 Million During Centennial Soiree
9. Precision Therapeutics Secures $43 Million in Venture Capital Funding
10. Miami Physicians Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in a $6.8 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
11. New Jersey Jury Awards $12.9 Million to Three Patients Whose Use of Roche Acne Medication Accutane Found to Cause Severe Bowel Illness
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Next IT Healthcare, the leader in patient ... year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, an awards program from the publisher of ... the category of Digital Solutions for its innovative, industry-leading product, Alme Health Coach. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... Lutronic, a ... of Clarity, the latest addition to the devices for sale in the United States. ... nm Alexandrite and long-pulsed 1064 nm Nd:YAG lasers, into a single platform that is ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PYA’s ... Post-Affiliation Integration ,” addresses a main “pain point” for merging or aligning healthcare ... once a deal is signed. This quick-read guidance suggests that failing to ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... SACC-GA and SACC-USA through membership and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President ... SACC-USA . Gary has spent a significant amount of time in Sweden ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Nurotron Biotechnology Co., Ltd., ... largest order to date. , The order will be from the China Disabled ... Cochlear Implant System is an effective solution for children and adults suffering from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Sensor Networks, a leader in intelligent sensors and analytic software for sensor network-based systems, announced ... data collection of vital signs. Photo - ... ... ... ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015 Ampio Pharmaceuticals, ... York Stock Exchange has established January 5, 2016 as the ... stockholders of the shares of Common Stock of Aytu ... share of Aytu common stock for every five (5) ... record date, December 1, 2015. The distribution date will be ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Sweden , December 1, 2015 ... International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG, Bern ... ) to be part of a state of the ... cancer drug.  --> --> ... cancer being treated with anti-hormonal therapy in combination with palbociclib, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: