18 October 2013 was the first ever World Vasectomy Day. The aim of the day was to start a conversation about men's reluctance to get involved in family planning and the impact of unintended pregnancies on the planet.
The main event in South Africa was the screening of the African premiere of The Vasectomist at the FADA Auditorium of the University of Johannesburg, which was followed by a lively audience debate on the issues raised, with questions answered by both David and Dr Shingai
Mutambirwa, consultant urologist and researcher at George Mukhari
David wrote articles for five publications in the lead up to World Vasectomy Day. Click on the headlines to read them.
- "Making the cut on World Vasectomy Day." First published in Johannesburg newspaper, The Citizen, on 18 October 2013.
- "Save the planet, have a vasectomy". First published in Johannesburg newspaper, The Star, on 17 October 2013.
- "Vasectomy: A way to save biodiversity?" First published on the Africa Geographic blog, on 16 October 2013.
- "1 000 vasectomies to be done in a day" First published by Health24, on 11 October 2013.
- "World Vasectomy Day" First published on the Marie Claire website, on 11 October 2013.
David also spoke on SAfm, Talk Radio 702 and UJfm about the issues behind World Vasectomy Day. Click on the podcasts to listen.
Elsewhere in the world around 1,000 men in 25 countries had vasectomies which
they dedicated to Planet Earth, some were live streamed online to highlight the
simplicity of the procedure. There was a pop up vasectomy clinic in New York. From Canada to Rwanda and Argentina to South Africa men took part. The epicentre
of the day was the Royal Institution of Australia which hosted talks and
debates. You can read more on the World Vasectomy Day website here.
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Africa's patriarchal societal structures, high HIV prevalence and poor
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