Project ECHO in Latin America is a regional program co-led with colleagues from Universidad de la Republica and Proyecto ECHO in Uruguay. The aim of this program is to create a regional culture of best practice for cervical cancer treatment including resource-stratified clinical guidelines. Physicians and residents from several countries participate in these ECHO clinics. All sessions are held in Spanish.
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in Latin America. Even though cervical cancer rates are decreasing in the US and other high income countries; the mortality due to cervical cancer in Latin America appears to be stagnant or increasing in some countries. The use of technology for training to increase capacity and to implement low cost evidence based strategies for cervical cancer control can be complemented with strong cancer control policies and health system strengthening initiatives. North-South collaborations of institutions in developed regions working closely with colleagues in Latin America can provide support to increase clinical capacity. In addition, higher resource countries in Latin America such as Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay can share their experiences and expertise with lower resource countries in the region.
A regional Project ECHO focusing on cervical cancer prevention and treatment was implemented in April 2015 as a partnership of MD Anderson with Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. The aim of this ECHO project is to share knowledge of best practices of cervical cancer prevention and management among participants in the region. Physicians from 10 countries in Latin America participate in these monthly ECHO meetings which are held in Spanish on the first Monday of every month.
- ECHO Clinic: First Monday of every month at 9 a.m.
Fernanda Nozar, M.D.
Veronica Fiol, M.D.
Diego Greif, M.D.
Ellen Baker - Director, Project ECHO
Melissa Lopez - Program Manager, Project ECHO