ECHO Study site community liaison officers. Photo: Imelda Wakhungu, KEMRI-RCTP Study Centre
Site Community Advisory Boards (CAB)
The majority of the study sites already had CABs whose members worked with the ECHO research staff to plan the trial. Now that implementation has begun, the CABs build and foster partnerships between the study teams and the local communities. Community liaison officers are responsible for coordinating CAB activities. These officers have established CABs at study sites that did not have them, ensuring that all the sites have active community advisory groups.
A Global Community Advisory Group (GCAG) that meets regularly provides a forum for global civil society, advocates and other stakeholders to engage and liaise with the ECHO Study team about the conduct of the trial, share stakeholders’ concerns and discuss how the broader issues related to hormonal contraception and the possible link to an increased risk of HIV acquisition may affect the study.
The list of GCAG members can be found here.