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    Workforce biggest barrier to roll-out of male circumcision.

    Pincock S

    Lancet. 2007 Dec 1; 370(9602):1817-1818.

    Progress towards making male circumcision for HIV prevention a reality in Africa has been slow because of cultural hurdles in a few countries, financial constraints in most, and a serious shortage of skilled practitioners throughout the continent. Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS made one of the most important policy statements in recent times on the fight against HIV in developing countries. After a 2-day consultation in Montreaux, Switzerland, the UN agencies released a document that urged countries with high rates of heterosexually transmitted HIV to consider adding male circumcision to their armamentarium against AIDS. The recommendation had a sound scientific basis. The results of three randomised controlled trials undertaken in Kisumu, Kenya, Rakai District, Uganda, and Orange Farm, South Africa had shown that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by around 60%. (excerpt)
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    Still in its first year, global fund faces severe funding crisis.

    Averyt A

    InterDependent. 2002 Fall; 28(2):15-16.

    To date, the Global Fund has received multi-year pledges of $2.1 billion from governments, corporations, foundations, non-profit organizations, and private individuals- a level that has remained stagnant for several months. However, as of October 10, the Fund has received only $483 million. Of the 31 countries that made pledges, only Ireland has made a complete payment, while 23 countries have made no payments at all. Feachem warned, "We need an additional $2 billion in 2003 and an additional $4.6 billion in 2004, in addition to the $2.1 billion that [has] already [been] pledged." He said these "very substantial short-term resource requirements" were needed by the Fund "pretty quickly." (excerpt)
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