Based on the huge success of Project ECHO® of UNM, USA, ECHO India was started as a not-for-profit Trust in 2008. The idea was to replicate the ECHO Model™ to improve healthcare delivery to rural and underserved areas of India. The ECHO Model, which utilizes the ‘hub and spoke’ concept and leverages teleconferencing for regular mentoring, initially proved its success in managing Hepatitis C patients in rural New Mexico, USA. Following the publication of an article in New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, it has gained huge traction and is currently followed in 12 countries worldwide and has been used to treat over 45 disease states through over 70 hubs (and counting!)
ECHO India has come a long way from our first collaboration with NACO (National Aids Control Organization) and MAMC (Maulana Azad Medical College) on managing HIV AIDS patients. Currently teleECHO™ Clinics are run out of six Hubs and tackle different disease states like Mental Health (NIMHANS), Hepatitis & Liver Diseases (ILBS), Epilepsy & Neurological disorders (Medanta Hospital), HIV (BJMC, Ahmedabad) and Maternal and Child Health (Karuna Trust). In partnership with NICPR (National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research), we have completed screening of three common cancers (oral, breast, cervix) in a rural district of Karnataka. The on-site training of the ASHA workers engaged in screening was supplemented by virtual training through a Cancer Screening ECHO clinic.
Recently we have ventured into the field of mainstream education – the first ECHO clinic of its kind in the world. In partnership with Ambience Public School, New Delhi, a pilot Teacher Mentorship Program is being run for the last 5 months.
We are poised to add another six hubs in this calendar year.