The CHRU Community Advisory Board


The CAB holds regular outreach events and initiatives throughout the year. These are typically, but not always, linked to national and international health awareness days and months

December 2019
We will be out in communities during December, which kicks off with World Aids Day on Sunday 1 December. We support the global theme of this year’s World Aids Day, which is “Communities make the difference”. 

The Empilweni TB Hospital CABin Port Elizabeth will be having a community outreach on Friday 6 December 2019 at the Kwazakhele Boxer shopping centre. It will run from 8:30am until 1pm. The theme for the event is “Test me, treat me”.  Everyone is welcome.

The Helen Joseph Hospital CAB in Johannesburg will be holding two outreach events. The first is on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at Westbury Flats and the second is on Thursday 5 December 2019 at Zamimpilo Informal Settlement. Both will run from 9am until 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

The Sizwe Hospital CAB in Johannesburg is holding at event at the hospital on Wednesday 4 December 2019. The theme of the event is “It is my right to know my status”. It will run from 11am until 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

The King DinuZulu Hospital CAB in Durban will observe World Aids Day on Friday 13 December 2019 at the Kwa Mashu Community Health Centre in Durban. The outreach is being held in partner with the centre. It will run from 10am to 1pm. The CAB is invigint primary and high school learners and young adults who were born HIV positive, and have lived with HIV for many years. The theme of the event is “Know your Status and Take your Treatment (adhere)”.

To find out more, please contact us.

The CAB’s focus during Women’s Month was on women’s health issues especially HIV-associated cancers. The CAB disseminated information about preventing and treating cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among South African women.

Patients at the Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital in Johannesburg recently told our CAB members that they need toiletries that the hospital is not able to supply. To celebrate the spirit of Mandela Day on 18 July 2019, the CAB is arranging a special event on 24 July  when about 100 patients, including children, will be given the toiletries that they need whilst in hospital. The Sizwe Tropical Disease Hospital is CHRU’s first site that is implementing CHRU’s research agenda around Drug Resistant TB (DR TB) and is the referral site for all complicated DR TB cases including paediatric cases and Extensively Drug resistant TB (XDR TB).

A range of events took place amongst our participant communities during the month of March, focusing mainly on TB awareness as March is national TB Awareness month. These included:

  • 15th March 2019 – TB/ HIV awareness at the University of Johannesburg
  • 25th March 2019 – Door-to-door campaign and community outreach in the Kathrada area in Johannesburg’s Region B, targeting men for TB/HIV screenings
  • 26th March 2019 – One of our principal investigators and one of our CAB members spoke about TB on Radio Kofifi
  • 26th March 2019 – We hosted an outreach programme in Diepsloot, Johannesburg’s Region A
  • 27th March 2019 – An outreach programme at the Parkhurst hostel

Our upcoming activities will be posted shortly.