Community Engagement for HIV Vaccine Trials in Mbeya, Tanzania


By: Doreen Pamba, Jane Ambindwile, Jerry Kapungu, Simeon Mwanyonga, Tausi Sade, Lucas Lazaro, Mbeya CRS, Mbeya, Tanzania

A local group of youth dancers entertaining communities during the HIV vaccine Awareness Day celebrations
A local group of youth dancers entertaining communities during the HIV vaccine Awareness Day celebrations Click for high-res version

The Department of Social Science and Community Engagement at the National Institute for Medical Research-Mbeya Medical Research Center (NIMR-MMRC) works in collaboration with Principal Investigators, CAB members, local health authorities and community leaders to conduct community education meetings, provide annual CAB refresher courses, as well as participate to develop and implement activities for the World AIDS day and HIV Vaccine Awareness day celebrations. During the 2017 World AIDS Day, CAB members, CERs, study teams and District health authorities celebrated with community members by providing education on HIV infection and HIV vaccine research at MMRC.

The 2018 CAB refresher course took place on 27 January 2018 and involved Principal investigators, our Community Engagement Coordinator, and the site’s Director. Together they provided presentations on CAB roles and responsibilities, a review of informed consent forms, an overview of HIV vaccine trials, as well as other ongoing studies at the site related to TB, cervical cancer and HIV observational research.

A research nurse performing a Blood Pressure test for a community member during the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day celebrations
A research nurse performing a Blood Pressure test for a community member during the HIV Vaccine Awareness Day celebrations Click for high-res version
The Site Director, Dr. Nyanda Ntinginya, presenting an overview of HIV vaccine trials implemented at the site during a CAB refresher course, 2018
The Site Director, Dr. Nyanda Ntinginya, presenting an overview of HIV vaccine trials implemented at the site during a CAB refresher course, 2018 Click for high-res version
CAB members holding a banner and leading the march toward the grounds where HIV vaccine awareness day activities were planned
CAB members holding a banner and leading the march toward the grounds where HIV vaccine awareness day activities were Click for high-res version
CAB members, CERs, and Study clinicians posing next to the site’s mobile laboratory during the World AIDS day celebrations, 2017
CAB members, CERs, and Study clinicians posing next to the site’s mobile laboratory during the World AIDS day celebrations, 2017 Click for high-res version
The site’s mobile laboratory provided free HIV testing and STI treatment for community members
The site’s mobile laboratory provided free HIV testing and STI treatment for community members Click for high-res version

Doreen Pamba, Jane Ambindwile, Jerry Kapungu, Simeon Mwanyonga, Tausi Sade, and Lucas Lazaro
are Community Engagement Officers with the Mbeya CRS in Mbeya, Tanzania.