BBC: Tanzania male MPs face circumcision call to stop HIV spread (2)

10 February, 2019

Dear Neil,

I'd like to comment your two letters regarding events that occurred recently in Tanzania, namely the killing of children for superstitious reasons and the MP that encouraged male circumcision in the Parlament Hall.



I've been living in Tanzania for the past 37 years, I sympatize with the efforts of leaders and ordinary people to progress and develop, economically,culturally and politically. Obviously I feel hurt by your two letters and comments: indeed one that does not live in Tanzania may get the impression that it is a primitive/backward/infantile country.

Albino children were killed in the past, for superstitious reasons as well.

True, it will happen again.

Believe me that people-leaders-government are really distressed by it, and take mature-intelligent measures to repair the wound. They obviously feel humiliated by the events, we all should be on their side, with no criticism.

The same is for the MP(woman) that raised the voice in favor of male- circumcision. She did well, she informed the population on a matter of health, prevention of HIV. What is wrong? The place? The way she did?

I know that you wrote in good faith and not certainly influenced by others or media, however Tanzania is different, with peace and people cohesion.

Moreover if you/we felt sorry for the death of children you/we should write as well about children drawned in the Meditereanean sea, together with their parents that were trying to reach the shores of Italy, in search of work.

They missed human help, all Europe(us all) is guilty for their death.

Thanks and greetings from Dodoma


HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT