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