The World Vasectomy Day (WVD) program returns to Kenya for a 4-Day vasectomy celebration next week in Nairobi.
The day is marked worldwide in November with an aim of encouraging men to shoulder part of the responsibility for family planning.
In Nairobi, a four-day vasectomy celebration will be held from April 23-26 in Nairobi at Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) clinic in Nairobi.
The organization this year is seeking to perform 100 vasectomies under the campaign “ 100 Kenyan Men To Rise Up For Their Families, Their Wives and Our Future”.
The Vasectomies are free of charge and transportation services will be also be covered.
It was in 2012 in Busia, Kenya, on May 9th that the idea to celebrate responsible men was first imagined.
Six years later, with 1200 doctors in almost 60 nations doing upwards of 15,000 vasectomies, WVD is the largest male-focused family planning event in history.
The April event will be hosted by FHOK and supported by top local and international doctors.
Leading the medical team are two special guest vasectomists from the US, Dr. Doug Stein and Dr. John Curington both leaders of NSVI (No Scalpel Vasectomy International). Jonathan Stack, co-founder of World Vasectomy Day will grace the celebrations.
They have been to Nairobi multiple times to support a sustainable and scalable program for men and they return once again for this historic moment.
“The challenge is real, but working as one, we are confident we will find the 100 heroes in Kenya,” the organization said in a statement.
Also attending is Kenyan George Mbogah and winner of WVD’s Man of the Year award for 2016.
“It is now almost six years since I had my vasectomy and I no longer fear the financial burden of more children nor the well-being of my wife due to multiple pregnancies. I might have been amongst the first men to choose this path, but we are now hundreds and growing” says Mbogah
On November 18th, 2016 at the Kenyan National Theater74 men chose vasectomy and the world witnessed that fear has no home in the hearts of Kenyans.
“And we all return again, from April 23-26, to show that when men learn about the simplicity, safety, and effectiveness of a vasectomy, they rise up to share responsibility with their wives,” said the doctors.
What is Vasectomy?
- A vasectomy (male sterilisation) is a surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy.
- It’s usually carried out under local anesthetic, where you’re awake but don’t feel any pain, and takes about 15 minutes.
- In rare cases, you may have a general anesthetic, where you’re asleep during the operation.
- A vasectomy is more than 99% effective