CABs & YABs
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 around Primary Health Care.
Different Strategies for Different Areas
- Perform baseline survey to asses willingness to participate (Evaluate the level and approach on which 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 visits (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 to as much info as possible so that they can make informed decisions.
- Educate the community about trial processes and standards (sensitise) 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 are 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 in 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.
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 and respond to questions.