Caution before action is good.

From Uganda, this news:

The Ministry of Health has started talking to stakeholders as one of the procedures for drafting a policy on circumcision.

There is nothing explicitly in the article that indicates whether or not the proposed policy will apply to infants. As such, I am only speculating that it does when I ask the obvious: will the Ministry of Health consider infants as stakeholders? Where the Ministry’s policy involves infants, those boys are the key stakeholders. Without their input, or a “reasonable person” proxy standard for them, any policy that permits circumcision would treat them as little more than property. That would be wrong.

If the policy discussion is strictly to figure out how to economically offer circumcision to adult men in a clean, safe environment with qualified surgeons, then the Ministry should be commended.