CAB’s & YABS’s

CAB’s & YABS’s


  • Community is more like a spider’s web
  • Made up of many different people, who can look, feel and behave differently from each other but:
  • Linked because they share something in common

Community Education

Primary goal

  • Increase community awareness of prevention efforts in Research and development
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Reduce misconceptions about the pandemics, prevention measures, clinical trials, and treatment.
  • To partner with community-based organizations and to promote awareness Primary Health Care

Different strategies for different areas

  • Perform baseline survey to asses willingness to participate(Evaluate the level and approach we could start our CE)
  • One-on-One small group contacts
  • Mass awareness events
  • Sector meetings
  • High traffic volume areas
  • Large community meetings

General Community Activities

General Activities

  • Visits to community organisations
  • Those represented and not represented in CAB including schools.
  • Regular planned visit (using database).

General Education & Outreach

  • One public outreach event per month
  • General education\
  • Arranged in collaboration with CAB
  • Health Calendar activities

Political Support & Barriers conducting Trials

  • MERCLINCO has an excellent relationship with both the Department of Health (DOH) and the community.
  • Approvals granted from Department of Health to recruit from local clinics, if applicable.
  • Documentation needed for approval
    Central or Local Ethics approval letter
    SAHPRA approval letter
    Approval timelines about 2-3 weeks.
  • Usually, no barriers

Ensuring Community Involvement and Participation

  • Encourage communities to become involved and participate in this process
  • Encourage and invite the community to be an active partner and participant in this process.
  • Give the community access- much info as possible so that they can make informed decisions.
  • Educate the community about trial processes and standards (Sensitize) communities

Our Model

  • Ensure dynamic or strong involvement- collaboration and Empowerment
  • The degree of involvement should ideally be sufficient to enable partnership between us and the community.
  • Vision for our society – working in a mutually beneficial and meaningful partnership
  • Strive towards the achievement of an equal partnership

Focal points for participation/involvement approached on a sectoral basis

  • Regional
  • Provincial
  • Local trial site community
  • Some sectors prioritised, depending on our needs
  • Broad involvement aiming to reach as many as possible

On-going Consultation With Community

  • Education and Awareness activities
  • Meetings and Forums
  • Events and Public gatherings
  • Church presentations
  • Group sessions
  • Radio Interviews
  • Stake holders in communities:
    Faith Based Organisation,
    Community Based Organisation,
    Community leaders, youth sectors
    Traditional healers,
    Business & Labour sectors
    Tertiary Institutions, Schools,

Community Advisory Board

  • Has been established 2019
  • Actively involved in the community
  • Diverse membership
  • Protect and respect the community
  • Contribute to addressing and resolving grievances about research process
  • Committed to dedicate their time
  • Investigator and Coordinator feedback very important to keep them informed. Also if not always positive.

Role of CAB

  • Help ensure community concerns are adequately addressed in informed consent documents & the overall consent process, including language & cultural sensitivity
  • Represent the diversity of individuals that are infected/affected and the concerns of those communities.
  • Help to identify emerging research needs and identify gaps
  • Advise on the site’s community education programs
  • Advise on site recruitment and retention activities
  • Advise on strategies for dissemination of research results to the community.
  • Ask questions! (and respond to questions asked of you)

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