The ECHO study has concluded that many women in Africa are at a high risk for HIV infection and for morbidity and death from unwanted pregnancies. It has also highlighted the importance of women’s informed choice in sexual and reproductive health services. This will increase women’s family planning decision-making and provide health care providers and policymakers in delivering high-quality rights-based contraceptive care.
“The study is a wake up call for all of us especially around HIV prevention and women’s choices. Women don’t love Depo and need to be presented with all birth control methods and given an opportunity to choose,” Yvette Raphael, an activist with the Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS group and the Global Community Advisory Group for ECHO has said. Raphael has called upon WHO to review the results from the study quickly.