The Unicirc was conceptualised, developed and designed in Cape Town, South Africa by a team led by Dr’s Cyril and Elisabeth Parker.

The team continues to perform clinical trials, studies and research relating to safe circumcision instruments and methods. The findings have been widely published in Southern African and international journals.

Dr’s Cyril and Elisabeth Parker enjoy a productive working relationship with different Health Departments in South and Southern Africa, as well as with the WHO, various NGOs, and a dynamic panel of international experts.

Founders and Innovators

Dr Cyril Parker (Medical Advisor) and Dr Elisabeth Pillgrab-Parker

MBChB (Wits), BSc (Wits), Diploma in Anesthesia (SA)

Dr Cyril Parker graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1981. He obtained his Diploma in Anaesthesia (DA) from the College of Medicine in 1984 (SA).

Dr Parker worked at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto before establishing the first one-stop Primary Healthcare facility in a rural area in Ennerdale in the South of Johannesburg.

With extensive experience in primary healthcare in both rural and urban settings.
Dr Parker travelled abroad extensively where he worked in primary healthcare settings  with a keen emphasis on prevention.

In 2006,  Simunye Primary Healthcare and Simunye Circumcisions Centres was founded in Cape Town. He is the lead developer of innovative  Circumcision medical devices, such as the UNICIRC® Male Surgical-Assist Circumcision Instruments.The first  South African disposable CE certified Surgical-Assist Circumcision instrument.

Dr Cyril Parker has more than 35 years of experience in primary healthcare on local and international levels in his role as founder, innovator, and medical  advisor of Simunye Primary Healthcare and Simunye Circumcisions.

PhD (Klagenfurt Austria), MA (Vienna, Austria), Diploma in Business Management
(AIM Sydney)

Dr Elisabeth Parker graduated with a PhD in Philosophy in Australia in 1991, after which she moved to Australia where she established a successful career in Pedagogy and Business management.

In Australia she held positions such as Head of Department of Music Pedagogy at the Australian National University (ANU), lecturer at the Catholic University Canberra, Sydney University / Conservatorium of Music, and University of Technology Sydney / Kuring-gai Campus. During her career as a lecturer, she worked as a lead coach for Opera Australia in Sydney.

After moving to South Africa in 2006, Dr Elisabeth Parker lectured at the University of Cape Town (UCT) for 18 months. Subsequent to this she embarked on a career in healthcare consulting and business management.

Dr Elisabeth Parker is the co-founder and operations director of Simunye Primary Healthcare and the Simunye Circumcisions Centres in Cape Town, which was established in 2006.

Dr E Parker is a researcher and the co-developer of surgical circumcision instruments including the UNICIRC® Male Surgical-Assist Circumcision Instrument, for which she effectively coordinates clinical trials and project management.

Dr E Parker’s international experience and local expertise is vital in establishing and managing further projects of excellence, all in the field of preventative healthcare, health awareness, training and education, and expanding quality primary healthcare and circumcision centres.

About four circumcisions prevent one new HIV infection.



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