|Clinton hails legislators’ circumcision|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 00:00|
From Roselyne Sachiti in Washington, DC, USA
She said they supported more than 400 000 male circumcision procedures since last December alone and hoped to do more through different grants.
“In Zimbabwe, some male lawmakers wanted to show their constituents how safe and virtually painless the procedure is, so they went to a mobile clinic and got circumcised.
“That’s the kind of leadership we welcome. And we are also seeing the development of new tools that would allow people to perform the procedure with less training and equipment than they need today without compromising safety,” he said.
“An additional US$15 million for implementation research to identify the specific interventions that are most effective for key populations, US$20 million to launch a challenge fund that will support country-led plans to expand services for their key populations and US$2 million investment in the Robert Carr Society Service Network
Funds to bolster the efforts of civil society groups in addressing key populations,” she said.
A total of 107 legislators, their spouses and Parliament staff members underwent HIV counselling and testing at a clinic at Parliament Building in Harare.