The Chatsworth Clinical Research Site (CRS) is part of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) which was established in 2003. The site is located in Chatsworth an urban area south of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa with the highest HIV prevalence. The site has experience in conducting observational studies and HIV prevention trials (mainly within the HVTN and MTN networks) and it participated in clinical trials that tested the first and second microbicides. Research participants are recruited from both urban and rural areas surrounding the Chatsworth CRS.
The Chatsworth CRS boasts of a highly skilled interdisciplinary clinical research team and infrastructure, making it an efficient set up for optimal study conduct. The site has served the community over the last decade through clinical trials by offering free voluntary counselling and testing for HIV, diagnosis and treatment of STIs as well as provision of referral to various health care providers for follow up and care of HIV infection. Chatsworth CRS is committed to excellence in research and strengthening the relationship with the surrounding community.