COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD (CAB)
“Our bridge to the community”
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) partners with the Africa Centre’s for Population Health Community Engagement Unit (CEU) to address the research community on the research studies carried out by the Africa Centre for Population Health.
The CAB has an on-going open dialogue with the community, allowing the community to express any questions or concerns regarding the Centre’s research. CAB representatives are responsible for mobilising residents to participate in community outreach programs by the Africa Centre for Population Health. The CAB is involved in all research studies that are conducted with the local community.
The roles and responsibilities of the CAB include:
- Encouraging communities to attend public dialogues and road shows organised by the Community Engagement Unit.
- Educating the research teams on cultural, traditional, community norms and protocol that may impact on the research – for example community entry, recruitment, informed consent and other processes.
- Informing the community on the phases of the research, as well as ethical rights of the participants.
- Advising the research team on important issues such as potential risks and burdens for participants or host communities and how to minimise them.
- Contributing to discussions on the research agenda to safeguard a community voice in the research process.
- Assisting in ensuring that the research conduct complies with human rights and ethical standards.
A new Community Advisory Board (CAB) was officially elected in October 2014. The CAB election is followed by an induction programme where CAB members get trained and orientated on Africa Centre’s for Population Health research activities.