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ECHO Study consultation with civil society. Photo: Nkunda Vundamina, Wits RHI

 

Engaging stakeholders and advisory groups

The ECHO Study team uses a range of mechanisms and activities to promote transparency, build collaborative relationships with stakeholders and ensure effective, meaningful community engagement in the trial. These measures include—but are not limited to—civil society consultations, working with community advisory boards (CABs) at each site, meeting regularly with a Global Community Advisory Group (GCAG) and holding community outreach events. The advisory groups played an important role in defining the ECHO Study agenda and continue to contribute to its implementation, informing the study team of community and other stakeholder concerns that could affect the successful conduct of the trial.