The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) is a dynamic public benefit South-African based organisation, offering a diverse range of services in healthcare and skills development.

CHAPS has grown exponentially over the last 6 years, expanding its services from MMC-related research, service delivery and training to primary healthcare and consulting (start-ups, financial systems, M&E), while venturing into new training areas.

Grounded in innovation, CHAPS continually seeks to adapt its services and approach to serve the needs of the communities in which it operates.

At the end of 2014, CHAPS expanded into eSwatini as the key advisory and implementing partner of the Ministry of Health.

Our Legacy As MMC Innovators

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 around 639 770 MMCs. Additionally, in just six years CHAPS has expanded across 9 provinces; trained over 8 000 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.

Leading The Way Through Innovation

The organisation evolved from the groundbreaking research programme conducted in Orange Farm in 2005, which demonstrated the 60% protective benefit of medical male circumcision (MMC) against HIV.

The organisation focused on training and capacitating new providers and circumcision teams.

This research contributed to the World Health Organization’s recommendations endorsing VMMC in 2007.

In April 2010, following the success of the Orange Farm trials, the National Department of Health (NDoH) officially added VMMC as a key HIV prevention strategy, in combination with HIV counselling and testing.

CHAPS was established to assist government and other NGOs in scaling up and rolling out effective and efficient MMC programmes in South Africa.

Besides its exemplary service delivery, CHAPS has since functioned as the primary technical assistance provider to all agencies involved in VMMC in South Africa, supporting other NGOs, government and private partners on how to set up and manage cost-effective VMMC services.

Conceptualised and pioneered the high-volume approach to MMC termed ‘MOVE’ (models for optimising volume and efficiency), which streamlined, optimised the MMC process and maximised patient flow through the facility.

Our People

CHAPS’ portfolio of expertise comprises a diverse array of public health fields and disciplines. Our services comprise the continuum of research, implementation, service delivery, technical support and policy development. This includes TB and HIV prevention and treatment approaches, community-based differentiated care, prevention research and epidemiological analytics as well as Occupational Health and Safety. Our existing technical skills are augmented by the addition of key personnel experienced in public health programmes and diverse health portfolios and fields of practice.

This team of highly qualified professionals has expertise in all critical areas necessary for efficient and effective program and project execution:

Strategic Planning: CHAPS has a Board of Directors, mission statement, and strategies for the short-and long-term, including diversification of funding sources and ability to write its own grant proposals;

Financial Management: CHAPS has an experienced team and practical accounting system in place that is able to account for all expenditures in accordance with USG and in-country audit requirements, analyse unit costs, make financial projections, track/monitor expenditures against budgets and provide effective management reporting, underpinned by effective operating procedures;

Human Resource Management: CHAPS has an established personnel system with checks and balances, for recruiting, paying, retaining, training, and supervising adequate numbers of staff at all levels of the organization, following a well-developed set of effective operating procedures;

Monitoring and Evaluation/Quality Assurance: CHAPS has institutionalized the capacity to collect, enter, store and retrieve program data for use in planning, monitoring, reporting, and improving quality, and are able to fulfil USG and other international partner reporting requirements;


Commodities, Equipment and Logistics Management: CHAPS has established systems to assess commodity needs, account for donated products, ensure adequate medical supplies at all times and procure and purchase supplies, equipment, and medicines for all its services; and

Facilities: CHAPS uses a combination of government and own facilities, supplemented by mobile facilities as needed. This enables it to scale up and down as required by the demands of the programs.