Project ECHO Zambia is a collaborative effort between MD Anderson and the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim of this program is to increase capacity for management of breast and cervical cancer, improve quality and expand pathology services, and provide support for pharmacy services in Zambia. These programs are funded by a grant from the MD Anderson Sister Institutions Network Fund (SINF).
Cervical and breast cancer represent the two most prominent cancers affecting women in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Every year more than 530,000 new cases of cervical cancer and 275,000 related deaths occur worldwide and more than 85% of these occur in LMICs. Zambia, located in Sub-Saharan Africa, has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world, where it is the leading cause of cancer death among women.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in Zambia. Unfortunately, public awareness of breast cancer, and availability of tools for screening and diagnosis are limited in Zambia, and women frequently present with advanced disease.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is partnering with Cancer Diseases Hospital to increase clinical capacity to treat these two cancers and to increase pathology services for breast cancer.
The three on-going ECHO conferences in partnership with Zambian providers connect oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, pharmacists and palliative care providers at the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka and surgeons at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka with a multidisciplinary team of oncology, pathology and palliative care specialists at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Together these teams discuss patient management and engage in educational didactic activities on a regular basis. This program has been active since 2015 and is supported by a grant from the MD Anderson Sister Institutions Network Fund (SINF).
Catherine Mwaba, M.D.
Cancer Diseases Hospital
Citonje Susan Msadabwe, M.D.
Director, Cancer Diseases Hospital
- ECHO Clinic for Cervical-Breast Cancer: Once a month on Thursday at 7 to 8 a.m. Central Time
- ECHO Clinics for Pathology: Once a month on the second Monday at 9 to 10 a.m. Central Time
- Pharmacy Lectures: Once a month on the third Thursday at 8 to 9 a.m. Central Time