Hadassah/Jerusalem Project Inspires UN and Africans to Reduce Spread of AIDS Through Circumcisions
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Inspired by the Israeli Operation Abraham circumcision project, the United Nations and United States Government are spearheading a program to circumcise 20 million African men over the next five years to help reduce the spread of AIDS.
Circumcision, according to UN data, can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 60 percent. On the heels of Israel's success with circumcising about 100,000 new immigrants from Russia and Ethiopia, Operation Abraham was founded in May 2007 as a collaboration between the Hadassah University Medical Center and the Jerusalem AIDS Project (JAIP). Its first initiative, named "Operation AB" and conducted in Swaziland, marked the beginning of international collaboration in Africa in the area of male circumcision. Operation AB established, pilot tested, and gave shape to a community, clinic-based model for male circumcision training and service delivery.
A delegation of Israeli circumcisors (mohalim) went to Africa at the end of November to help the UN construct medical protocols for this new, broader initiative. Read The Jerusalem Post article.
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