IFIA Medal Winner: Supported by Bill & Melinda Gates
IFIA’s Best Invention Medal was granted to Mr. Shang Jianzhong for his invention of a device for non-surgical male circumcision showcased in Silicon Valley International Invention Festival (SVIIF) held from July 2nd to 4th 2018 in Santa Clara Convention Center.
Mr. Shang Jianzhong has managed to obtain financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which also became its global partner for preventing HIV. The World Health Organization (WHO) is going to use this technology in their global anti-AIDS program, as well.
Trainings on the application of this device have been successfully provided in African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania as well as the U.S.A, Canada, Britain, Australasia, Japan, the Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong areas under the patronage of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and supervision of WHO.
During his speech at Stanford, Bill Gates said that scientists and engineers need to focus on developing products that help improve the lives of the world’s poor even through the market directs people to help the wealthiest.
He also cited research showing that the risk of acquiring HIV goes down among men who are circumcised, and described a newly developed plastic ring to make the procedure easier and less expensive for teenagers and adults. “It is a fantastic development. It’s just plastic, it’s very cheap” he said. It reduces the pain involved, it reduces the cost involved, very straightforward.”