CHAPS is proud to be a South African public benefit organisation (PBO) and leader of one of the largest voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) scale-up programmes on the African continent. CHAPS takes pride in its pioneering work in VMMC Service Delivery, VMMC Training, HIV Research and VMMC Start-Up Technical Assistance. CHAPS works closely with government, reputable Public Health institutions, and international donors, namely PEPFAR, USAID and the Global Fund. Through this collaborative team effort, CHAPS has successfully implemented and disseminated sustainable evidence-based health solutions throughout South Africa and the region.
Since CHAPS’ official establishment in 2010, CHAPS has safely performed over 300,000 MMCs. Additionally, in just four years CHAPS has expanded from 1 to 50 clinic sites (46 USAID and 4 Global Fund) in Gauteng, North West, Free State and Limpopo provinces; has trained over 3,500 healthcare practitioners in South Africa ; and continues to serve as one of the leading technical advisors to NGOs, healthcare facilities and private practitioners interested in expanding their healthcare services to include voluntary medical male circumcision.
In April 2010, following the success of the Orange Farm trials, the National Department of Health (NDoH) officially added voluntary medical male circumcision to its HIV response as a key prevention strategy in combination with HIV counselling and testing. This recommendation stated that, “medical male circumcision be employed as an additional HIV prevention strategy in countries with low circumcision rates and high HIV prevalence.” Drs Taljaard and Rech realised that the unique expertise of the Orange Farm team would be required to successfully assist government and other NGOs in scaling up and rolling out an effective and efficient medical male circumcision programme in South Africa. With this in mind, they registered and founded the Centre for HIV and Aids Prevention Studies (CHAPS). The PBO quickly focused on training and capacitating new providers and circumcision teams, specifically in the high-volume approaches pioneered in Orange Farm termed “MOVE” (Models for Optimising Volume and Efficiency).
In response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) issuing of the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision programmes in 14 eastern and southern African countries, CHAPS developed significant contributions to the guidelines ensuring VMMC scale-up safety, quality and efficiency.
• The development of the WHO/PSI adverse events (AE) guidelines
• The development of the Models of Optimising Volume and Efficiency (Move) Model
• CHAPS personnel as members of the WHO Quality Assurance (QA) teams who have evaluated voluntary medical male circumcision programmes in a number of African countries
• Services and external QA visits, monitoring and evaluation to local NGOs
• Guiding the South African National Department of Health (NDoH) and most regional partners in accurate monitoring and evaluation practices
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