In 2006, PHRU was funded by the Paediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG)—with additional funding from the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI)—to undertake an adolescent HIV prevention and vaccine preparedness programme. As part of that programme, PHRU established an Adolescent Community Advisory Board (CAB) to advise PHRU on working with and conducting research among adolescent populations.
PHRU’s Adolescent CAB—comprised of solely of teen representatives—is primarily responsible for evaluating the impact of PHRU’s adolescent research studies on the local community and serving as a voice for both the community and study participants. The CAB facilitates communication between the community and the trial site by:
Informing researchers of local issues and concerns;
- Disseminating necessary information to community members about study; and
- Advising PHRU on key operational aspects of the study such as: community education strategies, recruitment and retention strategies of study participants and the informed consent process.
Similar to PHRU’s other CABs, Adolescent CAB members meet regularly and participate in trainings, protocol review and various community education and outreach activities.
For more information on our community advisory boards and how you can get involved, please contact:
Ms. Nomampondo Barnabas
Perinatal HIV Research Unit
12th Floor New Nurses Home
Tel: 011 9899737