BBC: Tanzania male MPs face circumcision call to stop HIV spread (3)

10 February, 2019

Thanks for highlighting this, Neil, I'm in Tanzania and this is the first I've heard of that MP's call. I don't think the current administration have any objection to coercion. When it comes to LGBTQI issues, press freedom, social media, reproductive rights, gender equity, etc, human rights are not usually even discussed, let alone observed.

The 60% reduction in (relative) risk for mass male circumcision is almost always used in the press, by WHO and international agencies, etc. The less often heard absolute risk reduction of about 1.3% may suggest that the impact of mass male circumcision is too small to be of clinical significance, despite its formal statistical significance.

The push for mass male circumcision programs is overwhelmingly from the US, so the Tanzanian administration make take this into account if they ever decide to act on MP Jackline Ngonyani's advice. Right now, waving a lot of money at the Tz government doesn't have quite the impact it once had.

HIFA profile: Simon Collery is an Independent Consultant working in Tanzania and is currently director of The Toa Nafasi Project, training young women to provide special needs education to children in their first and second year at Tanzanian state schools. collery AT