The University of Stellenbosch

Our Community Advisory Board

The Desmond Tutu TB Centre’s (DTTC) effective partnership with communities is underpinned by our strong institutional community advisory board (CAB) and our principle of research “with communities, for communities”. The aim of the CAB is to provide input and support in terms of study protocol development, protocol reviews and study updates across the three research focus areas; paediatric TB research, health systems and operational research and HIV prevention research.

Photo Credit: Kim Cloete

In the spotlight

  • In October 2018, the CAB hosted an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Bellville Civic Centre after the completion of a two-day Capacity Building Workshop
  • The Katleho Mosimanegape Community Achievement Award was awarded posthumously to Katleho Mosimanegape, a TB and HIV survivor, who tragically passed away in 2018. The Award will be held at the DTTC for 12 months.  Representatives of his family received the award at the Gala Dinner in 2018.
  • To raise the voice of our youth, two youth members were elected to serve on the DTTC (CAB) Steering Committee in August 2018. The youth group have written, produced and directed a short performance on HIV and TB incorporating a poem and a song to illustrate the life of young people affected and infected with HIV and TB in the South African context. The production was presented at the 12th International Child TB Training Course in South Africa. At the event, an adolescent CAB member, along with her mother, shared their experiences of living with and surviving MDR-TB.
  • A video production focusing on TB by AidsFree World, titled “Two Countries; Two Choices” was screened at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam, July 2019. The video featured one of the DTTC CAB members.

Photo Credit: Kim Cloete