(Durban, South Africa)
During 2011, the Durban CAB participated in three main events: Community Outreach, Peace & Solidarity March, and World AIDS Day. These events were mainly focused on education and awareness related to research, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence.
The Community Outreach event (Research & Community Benefits) was held on May 1, 2011, in the semi-rural area of Nsizwakazi in the Province of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The event was focused on “What is Research” and how would the Community benefit. Both the members of CAB and ACTG Research Staff made presentations. The event ended in a healthy and fruitful interaction.
The members of the Durban CAB responded to the invitation extended by the Chatsworth & District Partnership Against AIDS (CADPAA) to participate in the “Peace & Solidarity March” in commemoration of the 16th Days of Activism Against Gender Violence & Child Abuse. This event was held on the 25th of November 2011, in the township of Chatsworth, south of Durban. The event ended with the lighting of the candle in solidarity to all those who have been a victim and those who have died tragically.
The Durban CAB hosted a special event on December 1, 2011, in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Both the trial participants (ie, ACTG/IMPAACT), and the site staff were also invited to attend. The event highlighted the significance of World AIDS Day in particular to encouraging greater involvement of People Living with AIDS and in addressing issues of stigma and discrimination. The event ended with gifts presented to all participants and the provision of a sumptuous meal to all who attended.