The concept of male circumcision in Malawi

The concept of male circumcision seems to be an overwhelming topic of a day in the current Malawi’s healthy on radios and Newspapers.

Circumcision is the removal of all or part of the foreskin from the penis (Encarta, 2009) done especially in Judaism or Islam, as a religious ceremony (where it is performed on boys on ages < 7 years).

In Malawi, circumcision was done in Islam society and those with personal preference or physical problems to the penis. To the other societies this practice is seen as immoral, like the Nkhonde and Tumbuka’s of Karonga district believe this practice is like a sign within the Muslims and Tanzania’s and they see it as improper (undressed) on human beings (survey we conducted with funds from GIZ in conjunction with the Karonga district assembly, 2013).

Malawian government is emphasizing the concept of Male circumcision on both the newly born and the elders. Their main emphasis is said to be based on the fact that if one is circumcised, he is not likely to contract HIV on assumption that when the foreskin is removed, the fresh will be hard and cannot be easily cut by the pubic hair due to friction and also they think the fresh can hold affected fluid and the virus can diffuse easily. The other assumption is on healthy status in Males and the other assumption is that it is said that it can avoid cancer in female’s uterus which they say it can be caused by the dirty which is said to be found within the foreskin and lastly they say it increase pleasure.

The assumptions brought by the government seem not convincing enough. Sex pleasure which is mostly expressed in terms of late ejaculation. Late or early ejaculation exist differently in people, some are naturally born early ejaculation or late. The discussion at Karonga district assembly chamber revealed that some Mangochi ladies do prefer those not circumcised, so the debate concluded that the issue of pleasure is not more attached to circumcision but its within a person, he can make himself late or early ejaculation (secrete in bed).

Male circumcision can not necessarily reduce contraction of HIV as emphasized by the Malawian government. Case study of Rumphi district (don’t practice circumcision) and Mangochi (Practice circumcision), where Mangochi has recorded a high rate of HIV as compared to Rumphi, and the issue of circumcision has increased the prevalence as some think they can’t contract it.

Dirty within the foreskin of males can also not necessarily cause cancer in the women uterus. Their cancer lack many details, they don’t have records on the non-circumcised being the affected and the place they conducted. Where was this disease some couple of years ago? And most non circumcised people haven’t recorded this disease in Malawi.


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