Saturday, August 25, 2007

UK backs PNG circumcision program

The British High Commission in Papua New Guinea is backing a program to encourage men to be circumcised to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

British surgeon Rosemary Taylor has been running an awareness program from Boram Hospital in the East Sepik provincial capital Wewak highlighting how men can help curb the spread of the disease.

The high commission said in a statement it would fund Taylor's continuing work through the Sexual and Reproductive Health Pilot Project in the province.

It said recent medical research indicated the rate of HIV/AIDS in adult males could be reduced by up to 60 per cent if they were circumcised.

The aim of the circumcision project is to educate and equip local people to safely perform circumcisions.

The commission said it would fund the purchase of a multi-media projector, a portable generator and a DVD player for the training program.

High Commissioner David Dunn said the commission was pleased to support the project to enhance local capacity in line with PNG's strategic plan for combating HIV/AIDS.IDS.