The Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) seeks to perform and support innovative and safe medical male circumcision procedures as part of a minimum HIV prevention package. CHAPS is most recognized for pioneering work in researching and promoting the scale up of medical male circumcision for HIV prevention (MMC) in South Africa and the region.
Q&A with Dr. Ntlotleng Mabena
Who inspires you?
Throughout my life and career, I have met many inspirational individuals, but my primary source of inspiration is my mother. She is a phenomenal woman, full of wisdom and compassion.
Why did you choose your profession?
I come from a family where healing is our main calling; my grandmother was a well-known traditional healer in the community; my mother a nurse by profession, aunts also traditional healers and one a psychologist. Being a medical doctor was my response to the family calling of healing.
What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?
I have always been taught to have compassion towards human kind, in everything I do. More recently, my mom shared a quote with me, which has become my philosophy: “Strong people stand up for themselves, but the strongest people stand up for others.” This is really the true basis of my calling to public health.
Learn more about CHAPS at chaps.org.za
Dr. Ntlotleng Mabena is a lead physician and operations manager at the CHAPS Bophelo Pele Male Circumcision Clinic in Orange Farm, South Africa.