July 13, 2009

Israeli, African doctors combat HIV

Israeli and Senegalese doctors will perform male circumcisions in Southern and Eastern Africa, to try to reduce HIV transmission, team organizers said.

An agreement was reached at a recent visit of Senegalese doctors and health officials to Israel, the Operation Abraham organization, in charge of the medical teams said.

During their visit, team members participated in workshops and visited Israeli hospitals where adult circumcisions are performed and also learned about the traditional Jewish circumcisions ceremonies carried out on a community level, a statement said.

The workshops operate in accordance with the guidelines established by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Aids program, organization said.

Operation Abraham is a consortium of institutions committed to training local doctors in Africa in the surgical procedures of male circumcision as a method of HIV/Aids prevention.

The organization said scientific studies from three trials conducted in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa in 2007 showed male circumcision was effective in dramatically reducing HIV transmission and AIDS.