Four New Smaller PrePex Sizes Granted WHO Prequalification
The World Health Organization (WHO) has amended its Public Report to reflect the prequalification of four additional smaller sizes of the PrePex device (to read the amended report click here). The additional sizes, which now brings the range of available sizes to nine, will significantly extend the reach of the male population eligible for a PrePex procedure and support the scale-up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Programs in Africa.
According to the International AIDS Society, there is still an immense gap when it comes to addressing the needs of young people regarding the HIV epidemic. With 35% of all new HIV infections around the world occurring among young people aged between 15 and 24 years, more needs to be done to stop the spread of HIV among adolescents.
The additional PrePex sizes will accommodate the needs of young adolescents for a safe, non- surgical male circumcision. This will help in increasing demand for VMMC and reaching the UNAIDS target of circumcising 27 Million men in Africa — faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.
Circ MedTech Donates Three Mobile Clinics
for HIV Prevention Services in Zimbabwe
Following the launch of the national Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program in January 2015 (see video), Zimbabwe continues efforts to implement its ambitious plan of reaching 1.3 Million male circumcisions by 2017. To support the country’s national efforts of the VMMC program, Circ MedTech Ltd. (manufacturer of the PrePex™ device) donated three mobile clinics that will provide male circumcision services with PrePex, including HIV testing and counseling.
The donation came after the PrePex device was recognized by judges of the Tech Awards as being a technology that benefits humanity. They honored the company with a Laureate award, together with a 50,000 USD prize. At the Tech Awards Gala event held in November 2015, Eddy Horowitz (Circ MedTech Ltd. CEO) announced that his company would be donating the prize money to HIV prevention programs in Sub-Saharan Africa (See video). Soon after this, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care expressed its will to deploy mobile clinics as part of Zimbabwe VMMC program through outreach campaigns — and three caravans were delivered to Zimbabwe.
One of the caravans was put into action last month at the Harare Agricultural Show — a premier event, organized by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society and attracting more than 500 exhibitors and over 180,000 visitors annually. The Show presents a unique opportunity for national and regional organizations and has become the highlight in the annual entertainment calendar of many Harare residents. In collaboration with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, Population Services International (PSI) and the CONDOMIZE campaign, one of the caravans donated by CMT was included as part of this event. Men and adolescent visitors to the Show were offered on-the-spot, safe, non-surgical male circumcision. The official handover of the caravans will take place in Zimbabwe at a ceremony scheduled for the near future.
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