Project ECHO: Transforming Healthcare in Africa and India

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - ECHO Institute

Project ECHO will connect community healthcare providers in India and Africa to lifesaving medical knowledge and expertise, driving local solutions to global health challenges.

Last Updated: January 2022
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
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Current Work Location(s):
  • Khomas, Namibia
  • Nyando District, Kisumu, Kenya
  • Dodoma Rural District, Dodoma Region, Tanzania
  • Central Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States
  • Kolkata, State of West Bengal, India
  • Mumbai, State of Mahārāshtra, India
  • Nairobi District, Nairobi, Kenya
  • City of Cape Town, Province of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Département de Bouaflé, Marahoué, Ivory Coast
Priority Population(s):
  • People with disabilities
  • People with diseases and illnesses
  • Substance abusers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 17. Partnerships for the goals

Executive Summary

Every year, millions die of treatable diseases like TB, HIV, and hepatitis C. The knowledge and expertise needed to address these and other conditions does not get from specialists in major medical centers to the rural, underserved, or marginalized patients who need it most.

Project ECHO gets healthcare providers in rural and underserved areas the knowledge, mentorship, and support that they need to provide best-practice care to patients in their own communities. The ECHO model uses simple videoconferencing to connect remote local providers with teams of specialists at academic or other medical centers in ongoing programs for specific diseases, conditions, or pressing health topics. Specialists and providers collaborate via weekly ongoing knowledge-sharing, case-based learning, and tele-mentoring sessions on solutions to treatment for patients and local health challenges in an all teach, all learn setting.

We will empower 3 million healthcare workers to bring best-practice care to 300 million people in India and across Africa by

  1. Supporting partners for rapid response to the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19, preparing a vaccine workforce, and fostering pandemic resilience and recovery
  2. Expanding our partner networks in these regions to provide better essential health services and respond to future pandemics
  3. Sustaining our partners long term by building evidence for ECHO’s impact, and engaging advocates and policymakers to catalyze governments’ support of their ECHO programs.

Our plan will create a self-sustaining partner network with capacity to improve the health of 300 million people now and build stronger health systems for the future.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - ECHO Institute

website: https://hsc.unm.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion

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COVID-19 Response

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic fully aligns with Project ECHO’s mission to democratize life-saving medical knowledge and care for rural and underserved populations around the world. Project ECHO is playing a vital role in the global response to COVID-19 by partnering with government, medical, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations to help them amplify and accelerate their response to COVID-19. The ECHO Institute has refocused existing and launched new work in reaction to the pandemic and continues to innovate, adapt, and scale COVID-19 preparedness and response programs for greater use worldwide. Its new goals are: to work with state and local governments on information-sharing and training in best practices for COVID-19 response, including training and delivery for vaccines and treatments as these are developed; launch response programs in Africa and across other lower- and middle-income countries and regions; partner with Ministries of Health at local levels to adapt programming to different contexts and priorities; and launch virtual training and support programs that mitigate travel restrictions.

Racial and Ethnic Injustice Response

Disparities in access to adequate health care are often racial as well as economic and geographical. The COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored how a disproportionate burden of disease and death falls onto racial and ethnic populations who already suffer from chronic conditions we know how to prevent, manage, and cure. Project ECHO’s mission from its very beginnings has been to mitigate health disparities by increasing the capacity of healthcare workers serving these vulnerable populations. The ECHO model creates communities of practice as safe spaces for collaborative learning and problem-solving, in which all teach and all learn. This process is critical to democratizing power relations and ensuring that the voices and experience of marginalized populations are heard and valued.

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