How should we listen to ECHO?

Journal Article
(Published June, 2019)
Noguchi, L. (Author),
Simelela, P. N (Author)
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Although ECHO results are largely reassuring for contraceptive methods included in the trial, a substantial unfinished agenda remains to meet the range of needs of those at risk for unplanned pregnancy and HIV infection, including stronger global and national commitments and accountability for informed choice for family planning and HIV prevention and treatment. Many factors are driving unacceptably high rates of HIV acquisition in young women, but we have good reasons to believe that contraception is not one of them. Decision makers need to listen to the voices of women and girls—who continue to suffer and die not solely as a result of their unconscionable lack of access to high-quality contraceptive and HIV-related care but also to primary care, cancer prevention, mental health, safe abortion, violence prevention, and maternal health services. Therein lies the message we need to hear and amplify as we listen to results of ECHO.

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Noguchi LM, Simelela PN. How should we listen to ECHO? Lancet. 2019. Epub 2019/06/18. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31387-X. PubMed PMID: 31204113.