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WHO approves Chinese-made circumcision device

the World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday that it had prequalified a single-use, disposable circumcision device that will contribute to the world fight against HIV/AIDS.

The ShangRing, named after its inventor Shang Jianzhong from Anhui province, is made up of two concentric rings that clamp together to remove the foreskin of the penis with minimal bleeding, Wall Street Journalexplains.

The device, which doesn’t require hospital surgical facilities, will be key in reducing HIV transmission, the WHO said in a statement. Trials in African countries such as Kenya, Uganda and South Africa have shown that male circumcision reduces the risk of infection in men by 60%, the WHO said.

The approval, a so-called “prequalification” that signals international organizations that it’s okay to use the product, is meaningful for China, which wants to play a bigger role on the global health stage and burnish its image overseas by offering humanitarian aid. Though criticized for a slow response to the Ebola outbreak that mounted in West Africa last year, China contributed more than $100 million to the effort to fight the virus and has become a key player in containing it.

China’s latest contribution to the medical field is also seen as a major victory in terms of innovation, as the nation has long been trying to shake its copycat reputation… sort of. Anyways, this may be the most important gadget to come out of China since that ejaculation machine.

For those curious as to how it works, here’s a video inside the operation room (warning: there will be blood/tugging of foreskin).

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