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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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)