March 6, 2012
How Far has Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Africa Advanced?
Three recent studies have shown that Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) is one of the most effective tools to fight HIV and AIDS, reducing chances of infection by near 60 percent. Within the next five years, initiatives including those of PEPFAR (The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will perform Voluntary MMC (VMMC) on over 20 million men in Africa. Faith-inspired organizations and interfaith collaborations are among those spearheading the initiatives. Dr. Inon Schenker, one of Israel's leading professionals in the field, presented on how Jewish-Muslim-Christian collaborations are paving the way for innovations in biomedical interventions in HIV prevention in PEPFAR priority countries. This event was jointly organized by the Berkley Center, the World Faiths Development Dialogue, and Operation Abraham Collaborative.
Dr. Inon Schenker is a Senior Global Health Consultant, a researcher and adjunct lecturer at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and director of the annual Geneva Seminar on Health and Globalization. He previously was the Founding Chair of the Jerusalem AIDS Project and director of the Operation Abraham Collaborative; he has also worked with UNESCO and the WHO. His interests and expertise cover public health, skills' transfer in VMMC, HIV/AIDS Prevention, health interventions in conflict areas, and international health leadership. He has country experience and provided consultancies and training in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Schenker holds a PhD in public health and science education, a Masters of Public Health, and a BA in political science and sociology, all from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He participated in the November 2007 presentation of the Berkley Center’s report, “Faith Communities Engage the HIV/AIDS Crisis.”