CHAPS Roots Lie in Research

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.

Today, CHAPS is most recognised for its pioneering work in researching and promoting the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention in South Africa and the region. With both programmatic and research expertise in voluntary medical male circumcision, CHAPS is well positioned to work closely with the Department of Health in South Africa to implement and systematically monitor pilot Early Infant Male Circumcision (EIMC) activities.

CHAPS Research Highlights:

• Demand Creation Study
• EIMC Acceptability Study
• Training Follow-up Study
• VMMC Randomised Control Trial – Orange Farm
• Community impact of VMMC study – Orange Farm

Current / Upcoming Research:

• HIV Self-Testing Kit Study
• Prepex Study
• TB / Health Survey
• EIMC Pilot Study
• 3ie Advertising for Demand Creation Study


Acceptability of early infant Male Circumcision Report

Training Follow-up Study Report

Uncovering the dirt on demand creation for VMMC

  Systematic Monitoring of the Male Circumcision Scale-up in Eastern and Southern Africa (SYMMACS) Final Report
  Systematic Monitoring of the Male Circumcision Scale-up in Eastern and Southern Africa (SYMMACS) Final Report
  Considerations for Implementing Models for Optimizing the Volume and Efficiency of Male Circumcision Services (MC MOVE )
  Medical Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention: Follow the Evidence, The Case for Aggressive Scale-up
  Guidance on Engaging Volunteers to Support the Scale-up of Male Circumcision Services

For a Full List of CHAPS Publications Click Here.

For more information on CHAPS Research activities please contact:

Dr Dirk Taljaard:
Sasha Frade-Bekker:
Genevieve Dean:
Saira Abdulla:


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CHAPS is one of the largest South African non-governmental organisations (NGO) focused on voluntary medical male circumcision.

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