User talk:Mazzera/Tara Klamp
"Tara Klamp, however, fell off the race when it exhibited numerous side effects like excessive bleeding and gaping wounds."--http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000036153&cid=457 --Mazzera 18:41, 2 June 2011 (CDT)
For examples of the gaping wounds left by the TaraKlamp, go here (CAUTION: NOT for the squeamish): http://circumstitions.com/Botched4.html#wound
Additionally, here's a little extra on the TaraKlamp scandal:
Adverse events from use of the TK were far higher: 37% compared to 3.4% for the forceps-guided method. This was a statistically significant result (p=0.004). Men circumcised using the TK also reported worse pain than men circumcised using the forceps-guided method. Furthermore, the device clearly causes consternation: 97 men refused to participate in the trial, 94 of them giving the reason that they did not wish to use the TK.
The TK trial was stopped early due to the unacceptably high rate of adverse events. The researchers concluded, "Given the high rates of adverse events in this study and the low number of available studies, we strongly caution against the use of the TK for young adults, and we recommend careful evaluation of the procedure when performed on children." http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=185517&sn=Marketingweb+detail
Much of the marketing is carried out by Tony Lawrence. It is Lawrence who is usually quoted defending the clamp in articles published in the South African media. Lawrence is a motivational speaker with various business interests. Together with Magda van der Walt, he runs a company that sells the clamp, Carpe Diem Enterprises.
Van der Walt is a former Miss United Nations South Africa runner up - something she claims opened many doors for her in the political world. She also claims to have invested large amounts of her own money in Carpe Diem. Both Van der Walt and Lawrence are listed as non-voting members of the Haggai Institute South Africa, the South African branch of an international evangelical organisation.
Evangelism is part of their marketing strategy. A book promoting the device and the work of Lawrence states, "Twice per year... young male initiates in South Africa alone take an important step toward manhood by undergoing circumcision during a time of initiation ... But what should be a glorious occasion for these teenagers often turns out to be a nightmare. One out of five boys end up with their genitals partially or fully amputated.... The Seize the Day foundation is rescuing these children in a holistic way. Among other things, Tony Lawrence and the seize the day volunteers distribute a pack to each initiate ... The solution is to circumcise and evangelize." http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=208712&sn=Detail&pid=71619
Sounds like the gov't is in it to save a few bucks too: http://moneymini.cambrient.com/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=208918&sn=Detail&pid=71656
The WHO is all but silent: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=209257&sn=Detail&pid=71656
And it doesn't look like KZN has stopped: http://moneymini.cambrient.com/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=214775&sn=Detail&pid=71616&ccs_clear_cache=1
It looks like the whole thing is right here: http://www.tac.org.za/community/node/2960
We must sift through all of this and write an article.Orly21 19:49, 2 June 2011 (CDT)
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Tara Klamp Business Connections
The people behind the promotion of the Tara Klamp have strong political connections, which is how they're promoting it even though it's clearly mutilating people's penises even according to the pro-circumcision people.
"Ibrahim Sildky Yusuf, a Zambian national living in South Africa, is still wanted in his native country on a slew of criminal charges.
Despite Mail & Guardian exposés last year about Yusuf's dodgy past, which included documented references to his association with drug trafficking in Zambia during the 1980s, his businesses continue to thrive in South Africa.
His company, Intratrek, holds exclusive distribution rights to the Tara KLamp, a questionable male circumcision device which the KwaZulu-Natal health department has procured for its mass campaign to prevent HIV transmission.
The Malaysian-manufactured device is not approved by the World Health Organisation and fared poorly in the only independent clinical trial in South Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal health department did not consider other devices and chose the Tara KLamp without issuing a tender."
--Mazzera 10:23, 21 October 2011 (CDT)