Who We Are

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.

Founded in May 2010 by Drs Dirk Taljaard and Dino Rech, CHAPS reputation is built on its successful implementation and dissemination of sustainable evidence-based healthcare solutions in South Africa and abroad, particularly in medical male circumcision (MMC) as an important contributor to HIV prevention.

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 Swaziland as the key advisory and implementing partner of the Ministry of Health. Click here for more information on CHAPS Swaziland.

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 500 000 MMCs. Additionally, in just six years CHAPS has expanded from 1 to 71 clinic sites in 9 provinces; trained over 7000 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 PBO quickly 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.

Drs Taljaard and Rech registered and founded the CHAPS 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.

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