Unbowed respect for tradition saves countless initiates lives

Chris Bateman


A protracted and lonely campaign for safe male circumcision in the traditional, male-dominated rural Eastern Cape is finally saving multiple lives -- its chief protagonist a medical doctor and mother of 10 who is now Port Elizabeth’s Municipal Health Chief.

Dr Elizabeth-Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni, 64, is a one-woman phenomenon. She graduated top of her medical school class, gave birth to the last 2 of her 10 offspring while studying, pioneered institutionalised safe circumcision training among local traditional surgeons and created the Emmanuel Haven, a 175-person HIV/AIDS day care facility and crèche in Motherwell.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(3):150-151.

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Date submitted: 2011-02-09
Date published: 2011-03-01

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