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New Mobile Circumcision Clinic is Officially Launched with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) launched its new mobile circumcision clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier. The mobile medical male circumcision clinic is designed to help prevent HIV by providing medical male circumcision safely and cost-effectively to difficult to reach populations in Uganda.
“The American people are very proud to provide Uganda its first ever [mobile] medical male circumcision clinic,” remarked Ambassador Lanier. “Today, we’re celebrating the fact that many remote communities across this country will now have access to another HIV/AIDS prevention tool to protect themselves and to protect their families.”
Working with partners in the Kayunga and Mukono districts, MUWRP has been providing free Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) for local men since 2010. Additionally, MUWRP is helping to train local health workers and has renovated rural clinical sites within these two districts.
With the addition of the new mobile MMC clinic, MUWRP will be able to bring safe MMC services closer to the people, including those at high risk for HIV or too poor to travel to a health clinic.
Based on research findings that MMC reduces the risk of HIV acquisition by circumcised men by 60%, the World Health Organization, the Uganda Ministry of Health and scientists worldwide have endorsed MMC as an effective HIV prevention strategy. As a result, there is an increased effort to develop and expand safe and cost-effective circumcision services.
The first location the mobile clinic will serve is the fishing village of Kawongo on the remote shores of Lake Kyoga. With all efforts combined, MUWRP hopes to circumcise 6,000 men in 2011.