PHRU’s Prevention Community Advisory Board (CAB) was formally established in 2001. Initial consultations were held with a diverse range of over 300 organisations and local stakeholders who drafted selection guidelines and nominated forty-eight people to be considered for election to the CAB. The election, which took place in November 2001, resulted in a total of sixteen CAB members including a chairperson and secretariat.
Since that initial election, the CAB has established its own constitution for governance and has participated in a number of trainings. Some training topics include: the basics of medical research and ethics; informed consent; roles and responsibilities of CABs; and protocol language and review. CAB members have also received basic training in meeting facilitation and computer skills.
Today, PHRU’s Prevention CAB continues to take an active advisory role in PHRU’s prevention research programme. In addition to participating in trainings, international meetings and conferences and community education and outreach activities, CAB members meet monthly to:
- Review studies’ progress;
- Plan community education events;
- Provide input to research protocols under development;
- Participate in educational conference calls; and
- Receive updates from research networks.
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