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ZAMBIA: Zambian Innovation Offers Weapon Against HIV


Aljazeera (08.23.2013)

Zambia’s National Technology Business Centre currently is developing a device that will aid in suppressing the pain following male circumcision, enable the wound to heal faster, and permit individuals to go about their daily routines rather than be confined to their beds while healing. A Zambian woman invented the appliance in an effort to relieve her family members’ pain after they had been circumcised. After some improvements, the invention now includes a soft belt in a variety of sizes, a shield to halt contact between the wound and clothing, and internal foam that cleans the wound and prevents infection. The device will be used as part of a campaign to circumcise 2.5 million males by the year 2020 in the battle against HIV.


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