USAID Funds Male Circumcision Promotion Soccer Tournament

The soccer tournament that is organised by the Grassroots Soccer Academy and Population Services International (PSI) PSI Zimbabwe in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare will be held at Marisha grounds in Magwegwe’s high density suburb.

PSI is a leading global health organisation with programmes targeting HIV/Aids and reproductive health among other diseases.

 “The tournament will feature soccer competitions between the junior squads of some of the city’s biggest clubs including Highlanders, Chicken Inn, Bantu Rovers, Ajax FC and Magwegwe Pirates.

“Members of the public will have free access to comprehensive information and referrals for medical male circumcision including appointment bookings, free transportation to the male circumcision clinic as well as free HIV testing and counselling,” a statement by the organisers of the tournament promoting male circumcision read.

Government recently opened male circumcision clinics in a bid to reduce the spread of HIV infections.

Studies have shown that circumcision reduces the spread of the virus by up to 60 percent.

Other than reducing chances of men becoming infected with HIV during heterosexual intercourse by 60 percent, circumcision also offers partial protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Zimbabwe is one of the few countries to continue to register a marginal decline of new HIV infections with latest statistics showing that the percentage of people infected with the AIDS virus dropped from 16% in 2007 to 13% last year.