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AUA member, Dr. Zvi Levran, takes a break from surgery with his nurse, Lindiwe, during a volunteer trip to perform male circumcisions in Swaziland.
AUA member, Dr. Zvi Levran, takes a break from surgery with his nurse, Lindiwe, during a volunteer trip to perform male circumcisions in Swaziland.

The AUA and its members are committed to the advancement of urologic education and healthcare worldwide. Through its philanthropic efforts and partnerships, the AUA offers members several ways to contribute their time, expertise and resources towards the improvement of urologic care in underserved countries.

AUA In-Kind Donation Program

Through the AUA In-Kind Donation Program, the AUA provides equipment, instruments and supplies to urologists and institutions in developing countries to directly impact the quality of care received by urologic patients all over the world.

The AUA invites individual urologists or urology institutions to submit a list of equipment, supplies, instruments or disposables they are willing to donate to the program. Conversely, urologists and urology institutions in need of such items should submit a "wish list" of what they need. The AUA will match items available for donation with donation requests and will coordinate the shipment of materials to those in need.

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AUA Male Circumcision Program

HIV-AIDS Prevention Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

The magnitude of the HIV-AIDS epidemic remains staggering and can only be conquered through large scale collaborations among international organizations. Three large, randomized clinical trials have documented that the transmission of HIV is decreased by 50% to 60% for heterosexual, non HIV-infected men in Sub-Saharan Africa, by performing male circumcision. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called these studies "compelling" and the efficacy of male circumcision "proven beyond reasonable doubt." WHO has stated that male circumcision should be recognized as an important strategy for HIV prevention in heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Realizing the pivotal role of urology in male circumcision, the AUA established a Male Circumcision Task Force and is proud to participate in an a collective effort to support the scale-up of adult male circumcision services in sub-Saharan Africa for the prevention of HIV-AIDS.

The AUA's main role in this project is to organize international volunteers, starting with AUA members, to support the scale-up of adult male circumcision services in Africa. These services are provided to governmental and non-governmental sites in sub-Saharan Africa in areas where the prevalence of HIV infection is high and the prevalence of male circumcision is low.

In order to prepare volunteers, the AUA conducts a Male Circumcision Volunteer Training course at AUA Annual Meeting for urologists and residents interested in volunteering their services through this project. Through these efforts, the AUA continues to create a pool of highly qualified and vetted male circumcision volunteer urologists to fulfill the capacity needs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2010, the AUA has worked with non-government organizations and Ministries of Health to send dozens of volunteers to Sub-Saharan Africa to perform adult male circumcisions. As more countries increase their efforts and receive the necessary funding and support, the need for volunteers will continue to grow.

Boys in Swaziland post-surgery. AUA volunteers performed over 300 male circumcision surgeries during their 2-week visit.
Boys in Swaziland post-surgery. AUA volunteers performed over 300 male circumcision surgeries during a 2-week visit.
Interested volunteers attend a course on the Male Circumcision Program during the AUA Annual Meeting.
Interested volunteers attend a course on the Male Circumcision Program during the AUA Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in participating in the AUA Male Circumcision Program, please complete the online application and attach electronic versions of the following documents:

To find out more about AUA's Male Circumcision Program in Sub-Saharan Africa, contact the AUA at international@AUAnet.org.

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Global Philanthropic Committee

The recently formed Global Philanthropic Committee (GPC) consists of multi-national urology organizations, including the AUA, with the goal of supporting proposals for worthy projects throughout the world. The GPC allows organizations to pool their resources to fund larger scale philanthropic projects as a collaborative effort. Urology organizations can support a project through monetary funds and/or in-kind donations, including volunteer time.

The inaugural project supported by the GPC is the creation of two regional, urology training centers in sub-Saharan Africa that will serve multiple countries. One center will be in Ibadan, Nigeria and the other in Dakar, Senegal. A formal proposal submitted by the Pan African Urological Surgeon's Association (PAUSA) was approved by the GPC in May 2011 and the project official began on January 1, 2012.

In order to build training capacity, the project will require urologists to donate their time to educate local urologists on a variety of subject areas.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Global Philanthropic Committee's project in Sub-Saharan Africa, please fill out an online application and attach electronic versions of the following documents:

To find out more about the Global Philanthropic Committee's project, contact the AUA at international@AUAnet.org.

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a list of other volunteer organizations that provide opportunities for urologists to volunteer or contribute.

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