Our Capabilities

The Centre for HIV-AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) is a public benefit organisation tasked with providing Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) services, a comprehensive package of HIV care and primary healthcare services across more than 200 sites in South Africa.

Beyond VMMC, CHAPS supports general practitioners, government health facilities and health-care partners in strengthening public health program quality through assessment, technical training and quality improvement models. We strive to create an enabling environment for health system strengthening for partners and practitioners. Our model follows a sustainability approach whereby our clients are upskilled on specific topics including quality management and improvement metrics. This empowers the MoH to take ownership of their programme and address future gaps within their own expertise.

Our services comprise rapid baseline assessment, gap analysis, relevant employee training, quality improvement model and specific metrics; and follow-up assessment.

Health programmes and systems strengthening

Data Management, Monitoring and Evaluation

Data serves as the foundation for programme implementation. Data drives programme decisions and serves as an invaluable yard-stick for proactive programme performance management

CHAPS has a dedicated Data and MER Department staffed with trained data monitors and MER Specialists, and we use interactive software to monitor and report data in real time. Our programme managers have full access to their data at all times. As part of our data solutions, we provide high- quality data and ensure appropriate handling of data at all steps of a project to assure high-quality databases ready for analysis.

As part of our Data Solutions, we provide Monitoring and Evaluation support, complete with Reporting and learning feedback-loop. Our experienced MER team are proficient in:

  • Data design for programmes
  • Network and capturing
  • Storage in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for data management and integrity, Good Distribution Practice (GDP), and US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Programme progress analysis
  • Statistical analysis of project variables
  • Project reports and progress metrics
  • Training
  • Support for project performance management through data analysis

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 Organization (WHO) recommendations in 2007.

Today, CHAPS is most recognised for its biomedical research and community-based research in the scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in South Africa and the region. However, with both programmatic and research expertise, we are able to offer community-based research and feasibility studies in a number of areas.