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CHAPS: From a clinical trial to an international pandemic response team

Apr 14, 2020, Author: Hello Joburg

CHAPS is a community-based healthcare provider, specialising in mass HIV testing campaigns and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). Our work started as part of a clinical trial investigating the efficacy of VMMC. From 2005 through to 2020, we have become one of the most recognised HIV service providers in the Southern African region, and now part of the COVID-19 task force to stop the spread of the disease.


CHAPS is HIV prevention in action.

We are one of the largest, proudly South African non-governmental organizations (NGO) focused on innovative community-based health access. We operate in Southern Africa with offices in South Africa and Eswatini, and we have collaborative partnerships in several sub-Saharan countries.

We offer both onsite and mobile services to our communities. We provide targeted healthcare for men, as we believe that, to change behaviours around HIV, gender-based and intimate partner violence, we must change the way men view healthcare.


CHAPS provides sustainable evidence-based health solutions throughout South Africa and the region. We are internationally recognized as a leading NGO in providing research, capacity building, and the safe service and scale-up of VMMC services. We have rendered efficient and innovative services to six sub-Saharan African countries in areas such as programme design, demand creation, training, service provision and quality assurance.


CHAPS on the COVID frontline

CHAPS is part of the National Department of Health’s plan to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease. 10 000 field workers have spread through South Africa, visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for COVID.


As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s comprehensive screening, testing and medical management programme, CHAPS has donned masks and our signature blue and white, to join the fight to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. CHAPS will refer citizens to local or mobile clinics for testing.

CHAPS is open to collaborations and partnerships in healthcare and you can donate on our website by visiting

The bottom line – CHAPS cares about your health!

Facebook: CHAPS – The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies

Twitter: @chapsfor

Instagram: @chapssouth

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