There has been a lot of discussion and a lot of resource mobilisation (donors setting money aside) on medical male circumcision. This has been so given recent research findings and the desperate need to find 'something' to do to increase real results in the prevention, treatment and care, and support arena. However, concerns have been expressed about the real implications. The World Health Organization (WHO) held a meeting in Mombasa last month to discuss this issue and the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition held a meeting prior to this to particularly focus on growing concerns regarding the impact of medical male circumcision on an epidemic in which women are mostly infected and affected. I include a background document and a consensus statement from the meeting.
The Khusela Project is a PEPFAR funded, joint venture of three NGOs working with the Eastern Cape Department of Health to Improve Comprehensive PMTCT Services in the Eastern Cape through Support to Facilities and Communities. South Africa Partners is a US based organization that has been working in South Africa for 10 years.
The Centre for Health Systems Research & Development (University of the Free State), the Centre for Health Policy (University of the Witwatersrand) and the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit (University of Cape Town) organised this Round-table Conference on health systems aspects of antiretroviral access on 22 and 23 October in Bloemfontein.