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Published: September 26, 2012
The development comes after only 75 000 people have been circumcised since the initiation of the program in 2009 as a measure of eradicating HIV.
The programme intends to circumcise 1.2 million by the year 2015.
Health experts say circumcision reduces HIV contraction by 60% but insist that it is not an effective way of preventing the pandemic.
“There is some research going on on the second generation of understanding what motivates people, what their barriers are in accessing circumcision services and we will use that to address their concerns,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Country Director Peter Kilmarx, told Zimeye on the sidelines of the ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention monitoring & evaluation techniques workshop in Harare,
“I think there is also a limitation of manpower, and from the discussion the responsible people have been saying is that we should not only be depending on government doctors but work with private partners in order to meet the demand.”
Commenting on the country’s AIDS programs Kilmarx, says peace and stability currently prevailing if maintained the country’s economy will improve and assist in the procurement of ARVs which are in short supply.
“There is an expectation that if the country’s economy improves and there is already a sign of the leadership’s willingness to seeing resources being properly managed and growing. This combined with donors funding we see the future being bright, “he added.
The country’s AID funding remains in limbo after threats by traditional donors to pull out.
AIDS levy which is the only domestic source of the country’s AIDS programs is also in doubt owing to controversies surrounding its management by the National AIDS Council which administer the fund.