Project ECHO Mozambique is a collaborative effort between MD Anderson,and associated institutions in Brazil, Maputo Central Hospital (Mozambique) and the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. The Brazilian partners include Barretos Cancer Hospital, Albert Einstein Hospital, Santa Casa de Misericordia de Porto Alegre Hospital, A.C. Camargo Cancer Center. and other collaborators This partnership works to increase clinical capacity through a comprehensive training program including regular telementoring, hands-on training workshops and professional exchanges.
Cancer resources in Mozambique are very limited. There is one main cancer referral hospital in the country, 5 medical oncologists, 2 pediatric oncologists, 3 gynecologic oncologists and 15 pathologists. There is one radiation center in Maputo since 2019.
Cervical cancer, is the leading cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths among women in Mozambique, where it represents 32% of new cancers diagnosed in women. These high rates are primarily due to a lack of access to screening programs, limited public education, and a limited number of health care providers trained to diagnose and treat pre-invasive cervical disease.
Since 2014, by invitation from the former First Lady of Mozambique, MD Anderson, in collaboration with partners in Brazil, are working with the Ministry of Health, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Faculty of Medicine, Maputo Central Hospital and other physicians in Mozambique with the goal of building local capacity and establishing comprehensive training programs for gynecologic cancers, breast cancer, hematology related cancers. Project ECHO is part of a larger strategy to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis and management and supplements regular in-country workshops and educational exchanges. These conferences and training workshops are conducted in Portuguese.
- ECHO Cervical: Second Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. CDT/7 a.m. CST
- ECHO Breast: Last Friday of the month at 7 a.m. CDT and 6 a.m. during CST
- ECHO Hematology: The third Wednesday of the month at 6 or 7 a.m. Central Time
ECHO Mozambique Contacts
Ellen Baker - Director, Project ECHO
Jessica Milan - Program Manager, Project ECHO
Melissa Lopez - Program Director, Project ECHO