I don't know if this is the right place to be posting this, but it looks like they are rolling out a campaign to carry out neonatal circumcision in impoverished areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Reading through the whole thing it strikes as me as so wrong and unethical on so many different levels. They are proposing doing this in extremely primitive facilities, many of which do not even have sterile needles with which to safely inject an infant with Lidocaine. The people doing the surgeries will largely not even be doctors who are in very short supply, but fairly poorly trained medical functionaries. It does not appear in most cases that there are easily accessable backup facilities for complications like hemorrhage or infection or surgical mishap, and babies will be sent back to their homes to have their wounds cleaned where the water supplies are unclean.
This is an area of the world where babies die because their umbilical cords were cut with unclean instruments.
They print an exagerated safety level for the surgery when it is done in American hospitals by well trained medical personell, and then extrapolate that supposed safety to a third world context.
They talk about the process of obtaining "informed consent" from the parents, which basically consists of a highly skilled hard sell campaign to get them to sign the form.
Although they downplay the risks (especially for counselling parents) they actually go through a pretty comprehensive list of severe risks (often illustrated with graphic photographs), presumably to educate the operators rather than the parents.
They even talk about many of the areas in question having very high rates of infant mortality, and trying to make sure than any dead babies get attributed to the general mortality rates and not to the circs.
If this program is actually carried out, I don't doubt that there will be LOTS of dead babies who wouldn't have died otherwise, and others who will be permanently mutilated beyond what is intended with the surgery.
I don't know if maybe this post belongs in the activism forum, but it seems like it would be of interest to people who are opposed to infant circ to know that this is an ongoing project.
I have no idea where one would begin to approach combatting this, but it seems like something that should be addressed.
Is anyone else as horrified by this as I am?