- "Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcision as Part of HIV Prevention and Male Reproductive Health Efforts in Gaborone, Botswana, and Surrounding Areas" (2010)
- "Acceptability of Male Circumcision Among Adolescent Boys and their Parents, Botswana" (2012)
- "A randomized trial of Mogen clamp versus Plastibell for neonatal male circumcision in Botswana." (2013)
She was interviewed by Harvard's School of Public Health's AIDS Initiative Newsletter in 2010.
Notably, the words "Feasibility" and "Safety" were omitted from the 2010 publication's final title.
Much of her work seems to be oriented to make infant circumcision acceptable in Botswana, even though the WHO's circumcision programs were originally guided to voluntary circumcision (adults) and the World's Health Organization manual for infant circumcision recognizes that "A concern about early infant male circumcision is that the child cannot give informed consent for the procedure. Moreover, some of the health benefits, including reducing the risk of HIV infection, will not be realized until many years later when the person becomes sexually active. If circumcision is postponed until an older age the patient can evaluate the risks and benefits and consent to the procedure himself."
Deaths during the Mogen vs. Plastibell trial
302 healthy male babies where randomly assigned to Mogen and Plastibell. 155 were assigned to the Mogen clamp, but two of them were not circumcised due to fever. 147 were assigned to Plastibell and circumcised. The trial concluded that "NMC can be performed in Botswana with a low rate of adverse events and high parental satisfaction. Although the risk of migration and retention of the Plastibell is small, the Mogen clamp may be safer for NMC in regions where immediate emergent medical attention is not available."
Out of the 153 babies circumcised with Mogen clamp, one died before followup. Two of the babies circumcised with Plastibell died before follow up. These deaths are not mentioned in the abstract of the trial. In a letter to JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Plank explains that the two babies who were circumcised with Plastibell and later died, died several weeks after the procedure from gastroenteritis. The baby circumcised with Mogen clamp died within 24 hours of the procedure of suspected sepsis, however the researcher does not think this was a consequence of the procedure, even though infection and sepsis are possible consequences of circumcision. No autopsy was performed.
- Ripe Tomatoes - Boston/Botswana circumcision trial
- Ripe Tomatoes - Boston/Botswana circumcision trial Part 2
- Ripe Tomatoes - Boston/Botswana circ. trial update
- Don't Get Stuck With HIV - Do medical researchers in Africa protect babies? Maybe not always
- ↑ "Manual for early infant male circumcision under local anaesthesia". 2010. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241500753_eng.pdf. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
- ↑ "Study schema of randomization and follow up". 2013-04-15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3683122/figure/F1/. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
- ↑ "Author's Reply: A Randomized Trial of Mogen Clamp Versus Plastibell for Neonatal Male Circumcision in Botswana". 2013-10-01. http://journals.lww.com/jaids/Fulltext/2013/10010/Author_s_Reply___A_Randomized_Trial_of_Mogen_Clamp.20.aspx. Retrieved 2014-05-08.