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
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.