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To Snip or Not to Snip: Rolling Out Safe Male Circumcision

SFS African Studies Program

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Krista Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Howard University will be lecturing on this topic.There will be a Q&A session after the lecture.

Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) is being heralded in the scientific and policy communities as a highly effective intervention that could significantly reduce the number of people being infected with HIV in a number of high prevalence countries in southern Africa.  However, the scale-up of SMC in most southern African countries has been slow.  This paper uses the case of SMC in Botswana to examine the political factors that have contributed to the slow uptake, with particular emphasis on donor/recipient relations.  It argues that evidence-based policymaking in the case of the SMC campaign conflicts with Botswana’s tradition of deliberative policymaking, contributing to the slow uptake of the program.  The paper highlights some of the pitfalls for evidence-based interventions that do not sufficiently take into consideration the social, cultural and political context.   

 

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