On January 20th 2015 USAID South Africa and Metropolitan Health Risk Management launched a $5 million public-private partnership (PPP) with the Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) and the NDoH to increase medical male circumcision (MMC) in South Africa, with the aim of reducing the rate of HIV infections by 2016.

The project is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and is intended to support the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB.

During the three year partnership CHAPS will be responsible for training over 415 GPs in MMC and assist in setting up their facilities. CHAPS will also support GPs in emergencies and ensure MMC services are accurately recorded and reported.

USAID will work alongside CHAPS to assist in demand creation and in raising awareness of the MMC services GP’s provide, as well as being the main supplier of disposable circumcision packs.

Metropolitan Health Risk Management will be responsible for covering the costs of high quality MMC to over 32,000 men in the country.

On the initiative, USAID/South Africa’s Mission Director, Cheryl Anderson, said: “We believe that working with the private sector will significantly increase the availability of MMC throughout the country, especially since Metropolitan Health Risk Management provides unprecedented access to over 4,000 general practitioners.”

Metropolitan Health Risk Management provides integrated health risk management solutions in areas such as HIV and AIDS, disease, medicine, hospital and clinical risk management services to over 800,000 South African males.

The CHAPS is a PEPFAR-funded South African NGO which has been implementing and disseminating evidence-based approaches to prevent the spread of HIV in Southern Africa through efficiency models and professional training. PEPFAR has funded close to 300 PPPs world-wide and sees the private sector as a critical team member in achieving an AIDS-free generation.
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