The Centre for HIV-AIDS Prevention Studies

Community-Led, Community-Loved, Community Trusted

About us

The Centre for HIV-AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) is a South African public benefit organisation established in 2010. Founded on the cutting-edge Orange Farm research that demonstrated medical male circumcision leads to a 60% reduction in HIV, CHAPS has pioneered this voluntary service as a proven HIV prevention mechanism.

Today, we have grown into one of the largest, proudly South African, non-governmental organisations (NGO) focused on innovative, community-based healthcare access and provision. We operate in Southern Africa with offices in South Africa, Eswatini and Namibia.

Through our work, CHAPS has successfully implemented and disseminated sustainable, evidence-based health solutions. CHAPS is internationally recognised as a leading NGO in providing research, capacity building, and VMMC and HTS services.

Our unique site distribution model sets us apart, offering both onsite and mobile services to our communities. In addition to rendering efficient and innovative services in South Africa, CHAPS has provided support to several sub-Saharan African countries in the areas of public health programme design, community mobilisation, health system strengthening, training, service provision and quality assurance.

CHAPS Presence

CHAPS is the leader of one of the largest voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) scale-up programmes on the African continent. Since its inception in 2010, CHAPS has safely performed over 750 000 MMCs and has tested over 1 million people for HIV.

CHAPS continues to serve as one of the leading technical partners to ministries of health, NGOs and healthcare facilities in advancing public healthcare access and quality services.