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A Roadmap for Results: Supporting Countries to Plan for the ECHO Trial Results

May 7, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am UTC-4

May 7, 7:00 am – 8:00 am EDT

The global health community eagerly awaits results from the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) trial, which are expected in July. The ECHO trial is an open-label, randomized, clinical trial comparing three highly effective, reversible methods of contraception — the progestogen-only injectable depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), a levonorgestrel implant, and the non-hormonal copper intrauterine device — to evaluate whether there is any difference in the risk of acquiring HIV infection among users of these methods.

FP2020 will feature the ECHO trial as a key component of the upcoming Anglophone Africa Focal Point Workshop in Ethiopia, as such, we ask that FP2020 focal points join us for a webinar on May 7 to discuss a recently developed Country Roadmap tool from Breakthrough ACTION.

The Country Roadmap is intended to provide a template of key actions that can be tailored to each country’s specific context and needs during three key timeframes:

  1. Prior to the release of ECHO results;
  2. Immediately after the release of ECHO results/interim guidance from WHO; and,
  3. After the release of WHO Guidelines and possible revision of the Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.

This webinar will also feature preliminary communications guidance and the experience of the Government of Kenya on how they are preparing for the results. The presentation will be recorded for viewing, in case you’re unable to join us for the live event and Q&A.

Join us May 7 to hear more about the ECHO study and how best to prepare for its results. The webinar will feature: 

  • Mitchell Warren, Executive Director, AVAC
  • Beth Schlachter, Executive Director, FP2020
  • Joanna Skinner, Population and Reproductive Health Technical Lead, Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Dr. Edward Serem, Family Planning Manager, Ministry of Health, Kenya
  • Jacque Wambui, NEPHAK Advocacy and Communications Officer, and member of the ECHO Global Community Advisory Group (GCAG)

For additional information, please visit www.familyplanning2020.org/echo.