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.
To reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and the region by providing innovative biomedical health solutions, particularly the safe and efficient scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as part of a fully comprehensive HIV prevention package.
To treat the patient as we would like to be treated at a healthcare facility.
Integrity: To provide service in an honest, caring and responsible manner.
Innovation: To support, train and deliver in regard to National Department of Health (NDoH) scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision agenda.
South Africa has an overall target of more than 6 million men by 2016 in order to reach the desired uptake level of 80%. On average, Chaps clinics perform up to 50 circumcisions per day. During school holidays and the winter months (June, July and August), CHAPS’ largest clinics circumcise over 100 clients per day in relatively short periods of time.
Over 300,000 men have been safely circumcised in CHAPS supported clinics alone.
Medical male circumcision is offered year-round to males 10 years and older free of charge in CHAPS’ 50 clinics in Gauteng, North West, Free State and Limpopo provinces.
Proper consent, counselling, HCT testing and information services are also provided before the patient enters the process of medical male circumcision.
CHAPS, in collaboration with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), provides Quality Assurance and training and assessments for HIV related programs and MMC in Africa.
This intensive training programme is offered to a variety of medical personnel interested in providing medical male circumcision services in their medical facilities.
CHAPS evolved from the Orange Farm research programme and team that, in the 5 years prior to 2010, had researched and published extensively around the topic of voluntary medical male circumcision. The research and the publications of the Orange Farm team, most notably the randomised controlled trial which demonstrated the 60% protective benefit of medical male circumcision, contributed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations in 2007.
CHAPS is the only National Technical Assistance (TA) provider to all agencies involved in voluntary medical male circumcision in South Africa that guides and consults NGO’s, government entities and private partners on how to set up and manage cost-effective voluntary medical male circumcision services. In addition, CHAPS has developed a new VMMC GP Programme that actively involves the private sector. The GP programme expands into all 9 provinces and provides an array of opportunities for General Practitioners interested in developing their own VMMC services