The ECHO Study is funded by a consortium of donors: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. In addition, USAID and the South African government are donating the contraceptives used in the study.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BGMF) works with partner organisations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The foundation’s Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve US high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance the foundation’s work. BMGF’s approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasises collaboration, innovation, risk-taking and, most importantly, results.
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through its work and in cooperation with others, Sida contributes to implementing Sweden’s Policy for Global Development (PGU). The ECHO Study is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union.
SAMRCnewLogoSouth African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)was established in 1969 with a mandate to improve the health of the country’s population, through research, development and technology transfer, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life. The ECHO Study received funding from the South African Medical Research Council to ensure adherence to Good Participatory Practices (GPP)by implementing the GPP Guidelines (2011) that are used to guide the study’s engagement between
communities and local, national, regional and global stakeholders.
imagesThe United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA works to improve lives in 23 countries in East and Southern Africa. UNFPA works with governments and through partnerships with other United Nations agencies, civil society, regional economic communities and the private sector to ensure that no one is left behind. UNFPA awarded the ECHO Study funding to further strengthen GPP within the study by developing tools and resources, and providing technical assistance.
US Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID invests in ideas that work to improve the lives of millions of men, women and children by investing in agricultural productivity so countries can feed their people; combating maternal and child mortality and deadly diseases like HIV, malaria and tuberculosis; providing life-saving assistance in the wake of disaster; promoting democracy, human rights and good governance around the world; fostering private sector development and sustainable economic growth; helping communities adapt to a changing environment; and elevating the role of women and girls throughout all the agency’s work.