The Hadassah Medical Center and the Jerusalem AIDS Project have teamed up to help stop the spread of HIV in Africa, beginning with a pilot project in Swaziland that promotes the use of male circumcision as a preventive measure.Clinical trials in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa have revealed that removal of the foreskin reduces HIV transmission by up to 60 percent. Consequently, the World Health Organization has called on African countries to integrate male circumcision into existing national and community-based HIV prevention efforts.

Entitled “Operation AB,” the pilot project focuses on training local health professionals at community-based clinics and government hospitals. Teams of specialist surgeons and public health experts will provide the training, with the goal of preparing 15 local physicians to perform the circumcision procedure.