Published in BMC Public Health, this study tested an intervention to improve the safety of traditional male circumcision among the Xhosa in South Africa by training providers. High rates of complications were found among initiates who were circumcised by the traditional providers who had received the training. The authors conclude that the "findings show weak support for scaling up traditional circumcision."
Traditional Circumcision during Manhood Initiation Rituals in the Eastern Cape, South Africa: a Pre-post Intervention Evaluation
Year of publication: 2008
Resource topic: Traditional circumcision
Resource type: Article
Organization: Health Systems Research Unit, Social Aspect of HIV/AIDS and Health, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Psychology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Impilo ya Bantu Health, Lusikisiki, South Africa