The Unicirc® and it’s method of circumcision was conceptualised and initiated in Cape Town, South Africa by Dr Cyril Parker and Dr Elisabeth Pillgrab-Parker. A team led by Dr Cyril Parker designed and developed the device. The product, the Unicirc, is the first non-necrotizing and disposable Surgical Assist Circumcision instrument in Southern Africa. The concept was to develop a safe and cost-effective circumcision device for upscaling male circumcision, without using sutures/stitches or diathermy, impacting public health programs globally.
The medical and research experts involved with the Unicirc® device are fully immersed in the global dialogue around male circumcision. This is an ongoing effort to reduce the incidence of HIV infection as well as addressing the general health benefits of circumcision.
Globally, there are 5 500 new HIV infections every day, with 66% of these occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male transmission of HIV by 60%.
In Southern Africa, by end of 2016, an estimated 14 million adolescent boys and men received VMMC for HIV prevention, but this number is far short of the 27 million new target that was set for 2021 (UNAIDS global report 2015).
In light of the above, there is a substantial backlog of VMMC (Voluntary Medical Male Circumcisions), and hence a need to upscale circumcisions.
Definition: Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin tissue (prepuce) that typically covers the tip or head of the penis.
Understanding the need for large-scale Circumcisions:
The health benefits of circumcision are widely reported on, with the need being significant for large-scale Circumcisions to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Benefits of circumcision:
The benefits of circumcision exceed the risks by 100 to 1.*
* Morris BJ, Krieger JN, Klausner JD. CDC’s Male Circumcision Recommendations Represent a Key Public Health Measure. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017;5(1):15-27. Published 2017 Mar 28. doi:10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00390
The UNICIRC® Surgical Assist Instrument for male circumcision is a single-use circumcision device for safe and cost-effective circumcision, with a significant capacity for scaling up circumcision procedures . The design of the Unicirc® is revolutionary.
Ultimately, the Unicirc® allows for a modern circumcision technique that has demonstrated its superiority to the surgical methods currently in use. The Unicirc® is an ideal device for addressing large-scale male circumcisions. The device is available in eight different sizes.
The Unicirc® as a medical instrument has fulfilled the stringent requirements in regard to Public Health Safety and Manufacturing for the use of male circumcision devices. The Unicirc® instrument and its Manufacturer are CE and ISO 13485: 2016 certified, respectively. Unicirc Pty Ltd has been issued a licence by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to manufacture, import, export and distribute the Unicirc®.
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Simunye Primary Health Care is a medical facility authorised to perform and teach the procedure using the Unicirc® device.