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Let's Talk HIV Prevention - Rethinking the CAB Role in Maximizing the Impact of HIV Prevention Research in Soweto communities

This event is part of the 2011 Let’s Talk HIV Prevention series sponsored by the Enterprise. For more information about these events, click here.

City, Country:  Johannesburg, South Africa

Organization Hosting Event:   Perinatal HIV Research Unit

Organization’s website: www.phru.co.za

Date/Time:   Friday, 13 May 2011 

Event Report (submitted by the hosting organization):

The event was attended by different stakeholders from the community, existing CAB members, clinical staff members as well other community members. In total we had +_100 participants.  The main aim was to initiate a dialogue between researchers and Soweto community. Looking at the impact that CAB has had so far and what has not worked w

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ell.  At the same time this event also aimed at looking at engaging community professionals to take interest in HIV research and have a significant contribution.  At the same time challenging professionals to use their skills to enhance CAB to be more efficient in the role in research activities.

Objectives of the Event:

1. To ignite/engage research-participant debate on recent challenges/issues hampering Soweto CAB performance in its mission
2. To enhance/revive the CAB primary role as researcher-participant link to ensure HIV prevention research higher impact in Soweto community and the surrounding areas.
3. To evaluate the adequacy of the current strategy for recruitment of future CAB members

Key Presenters:
1.    Thandekile Essien-PHRU Project Manager: Purpose of the day
2.    Lorraine Mahosana from SAAVi (South African AIDS Vaccine Innitiative) presenting on: Community Involvement/Participation in bio-medical HIV trials.
3.    Phinieas Malahlea and Thoko Sifunda –CAB Members:  Fulfilling CAB’s Role

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4.    Busisiwe Nkala- PHRU Project Director:  Trial Site expectations from CAB
5.    Nontyatyambo Makaphela-Community HIV Activist:  Led the panel discussion

We had +_ 100 people attending as well as a delegate from IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) 

It was clear that the community needs more discussion around the role of CAB members and how we can attract some professional.  A follow up is planned and will be initiated by the CAB Coordinator from PHRU. 

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