HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Circ MedTech Ltd., manufacturer of PrePex[TM] - the world's only non-surgical male circumcision device - donated three Mobile Clinics to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care with the aim to support the scale-up of Male Circumcision programs, as part of Zimbabwe's HIV Prevention strategy.
The donation came after the PrePex device was recognized by the Tech Awards as being a technology that benefits humanity and the company was awarded a US$50,000 prize.
At the handover ceremony, Mr. Eddy Horowitz, CEO, Circ MedTech said: "A mobile clinic is a sustainable and cost-effective tool that enables the healthcare system to reach men in remote areas - quickly and efficiently. As a token of our appreciation to the Zimbabwe national effort and to the growing partnership between Circ MedTech and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health, we have decided to contribute three caravans that will serve as Mobile Clinics, offering PrePex and other HIV prevention services to populations in the rural areas of Zimbabwe."
Holding the PrePex device in his hand, Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. David Parirenyatwa said: "I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Circ MedTech team for this invaluable donation to the National Circumcision program through these three state-of-the-art caravans. Let's continue to strive for excellence in all the activities we are doing so that, by 2030, we can all reflect and be proud that we made a difference in our time and turned the tide of the HIV epidemic in this country."
Zimbabwe launched its national Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision program using PrePex (known in Zimbabwe as "The Ring") in January 2015, targeting 1.3 Million circumcisions; since the 2009 start of its efforts, over 732,472 men have been circumcised.
As an effective tool to reduce the incidence of HIV, UNAIDS has set a goal of reaching 27 Million male circumcisions, in 14 African priority countries, by 2021. The Campaign is backed by the US Government (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and global NGOs.
About Circ MedTech
Circ MedTech is a global social enterprise, offering innovative, affordable and scalable public healthcare solutions. The company developed the unique PrePex[TM] device to facilitate safe, simple, scalable, cost-effective non-surgical male circumcision as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention plan.
SOURCE Circ MedTech Ltd