> THE CENTRE FOR HIV-AIDS PREVENTION STUDIES- (CHAPS)

WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2010 WHEN A GROUP OF VISIONARIES SAW A GAP IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH ARENA WHICH COULD BE FILLED BY A NON-PROFIT PROVIDING VOLUNTARY MEDICAL MALE CIRCUMCISION (VMMC) TO THE PUBLIC

Built off the cutting-edge Orange Farm research demonstrating that medical male circumcision led to a 60% reduction in HIV transmission, CHAPS is now one of the most recognized, proudly South African, non-profit companies (NPC) focused on innovative, community-based healthcare access and provision.

Through collaborative projects focusing on COVID-19, CHAPS has diversified its services to include COVID-19 testing and vaccination. As of February 2022, the Aurum Group administered over 136 000 vaccines in rural and remote areas, of which CHAPS contributed over 49 000.

The organisation has offices in South Africa, Eswatini and Namibia, where it operates in partnership with Abt Associates and provides technical support to the country’s MMC programme. In Eswatini, CHAPS supported the same programme until January 2021. The team now operates independently.

CHAPS’ offers onsite and mobile services to communities and renders efficient and innovative services. CHAPS supports several sub-Saharan African countries with public health programme design, community mobilisation, health system strengthening, training, service provision, and quality assurance.

Partnerships/Affiliations:
CHAPS is affiliated with The Aurum Institute as a member of The Aurum Group, but operates independently. CHAPS Stakeholders include:

» Abt Associates
» Accenture South Africa
» JSI South Africa (John Snow Inc.)
» Matchboxology
» National Department of Health
» PEPFAR
» Rand Merchant Bank

» Right To Care
» The Aurum Institute
» The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
» UNICEF South Africa
» USAID
» WITS RHI (Reproductive Health Institute)
» Youth Health Africa

Services:
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)
• CHAPS provides this service from numerous locations around Gauteng, Free State and North-West Province.
• Along with implementation, CHAPS provides technical support to other organisations, training and qualitative analysis, and demand creation best practice.

COVID-19 Services
• CHAPS provides COVID-19 testing and vaccination services.
• CHAPS conducted training for COVID-19 readiness at government care homes during 2020.

Research
• CHAPS Research Department is involved in conducting research on a variety of topics including HIV prevention, psychosocial issues, epidemiology, and gender-based violence.

HIV Testing and Counselling
• CHAPS conducts HIV testing, index testing and counselling, as well as screening for other sexually transmitted infections.

Training
• CHAPS provides SAMA accredited training in the following disciplines: VMMC, HIV Testing (Counsellors), Demand Creation for VMMC, Adverse Event Management (in VMMC), Continued Quality Improvement (CQI), Infection Prevention Control (VMMC and COVID-19), Basic Life Support and Emergency.

Awards:
Certificate of Appreciation – Department of Social Development
• Awarded for services provided during 2020 lockdown – COVID-19 readiness training (supported by Rand Merchant Bank) for government care homes.

Special Projects:
• Delivery of Chronic Medication through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs/ Drones) in the District of Ekurhuleni, South Africa.

The Aurum Institute started a home delivery service to bring chronic medication to patients, instead of having patients visit a clinic. This approach allows for reduced social contact between high-risk patients, decongests clinics, and protects staff and patients against COVID-19.

The home delivery project has brought medication to patients since mid-April 2020. Its performance has improved as more clinics are added and the workflow improves, but it is not yet sustainable in the long term.

Kusasa Aerospace, as part of the larger drone delivery project, observed the teams’ operations first-hand to find ways to boost efficiency, reducing the total cost.

Project Summary:
• CHAPS and the Aurum Institute recognized that by offering a delivery service for chronic and HIV medication, they thereby offer a potential solution for patients that default on collecting medication due to lack of transport, time, location, stigma, etc.
• In partnership with Kusasa Aerospace, the team developed a solution by delivering medication directly to them via drones, with no cost to the patient.
• In South Africa, the only barrier to using drones has been the development of a feasible model and the relevant regulatory approvals for medication delivery.
• Pending approval from the National Department of Health, and the South African Medical Association, the next phase of the project will be launched which will be the safe and effective delivery of medication using drones.

FUTURE VISION
Our mission is to be an agile and responsive leader in the building and implementation of quality healthcare interventions to address public health challenges and to drive feasible, efficient, and non-discriminatory solutions to strengthen community health: Your Health, Our Mission.

Our purpose as an organisation is to continue developing our experience and expertise to improve the quality of healthcare provision and to support the health of people and communities.

CHAPS

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