Cardiometabolic Syndrome in India: Building Capacities for Improved Healthcare Outcomes

Jun 25, 2024 • 5 mins read

Dr. Haresh Chandwani, General Manager of Projects at ECHO India, discusses the escalating prevalence of Cardiometabolic Syndrome (CMS) in India and its significant role in the rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Highlighting the importance of capacity-building initiatives, the article outlines ECHO India's efforts in upskilling healthcare professionals to effectively manage and prevent CMS. Through collaborative programs and advanced training, the initiative aims to enhance healthcare outcomes and reduce the burden of NCDs across the country.

Oral Health Matters: Building Bridges to Better Lives

Apr 09, 2024 • 5 mins read

Oral health is multi-faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex [1]. It impacts a person's quality of life and is crucial to general health and well-being

The Crucial Role of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Equipping Our Children for Life's Challenges

Apr 03, 2024 • 5 mins read

Education serves as the cornerstone of human development, aiming to empower individuals with the necessary tools to navigate life's complexities. However, amidst rising concerns surrounding childhood mental health issues, aggressive behaviors, substance abuse, and societal unrest, it's evident that traditional educational models may be falling short. This is where Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) emerges as a vital component, offering a holistic approach to education that addresses the fundamental needs of individuals in a rapidly changing world.

The Economic Burden of Beta Thalassemia Treatment in India

Dec 11, 2023 • 5 mins read

Thalassemia treatment in India places a notable economic burden on individuals and the healthcare system. The associated high treatment costs can be financially challenging, particularly for families from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds.

Gender Equity and Justice: An Emerging ECHO Model

Dec 11, 2023 • 5 mins read

The ongoing gender equity program in schools has engaged teachers from across India representing diverse linguistic, cultural, regional, caste, and gender backgrounds. The teachers from government and private schools are representing the administrative, academic support and challenges of each segment.

Unravelling the Challenge of Lung Cancer Amidst India’s Air Pollution Epoch

Nov 21, 2023 • 5 mins read

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is among the leading causes of death across the globe. In 2020, cancer accounted for over 10 million deaths....

ECHO’s Collaborative Efforts for Reimagining New Horizons in Improving Cancer Care

Jul 05, 2023 • 7 mins read

To tackle the cancer burden in India, several initiatives have been launched by the government and non-governmental organisations, including cancer screening programs, awareness campaigns, and establishment of cancer centres in different parts of the country.

Beta Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathies in India: Understanding the Burden and Challenges

Apr 05, 2023 • 7 mins read

Beta thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder characterized by reduced or absent production of beta-globin chains in haemoglobin, leading to anaemia and its multisystem complications. In India, beta thalassemia is a significant health issue, with an estimated 10,000-15,000 babies being born with the disorder each year

Geriatric Health Care in India

Feb 20, 2023 • 3 mins read

Geriatric care takes a person-centered approach, combining various aspects like physical health, psychological well-being, family dynamics, monetary resources, and more. However, despite being essential to the healthcare requirements of senior citizens, geriatric care is still a relatively new field in India.

Fostering Gender Equality: Roadmap Towards A Sustainable World

Jan 31, 2023 • 5 mins read

Gender Equality is a fundamental right as per the UN charter, and is also enshrined under articles 15 and 16 of the Indian Constitution. However, despite progress made in the last decade, we are very far from our target.

Menstruation with dignity: An important step towards attaining gender equality

Jan 24, 2023 • 3 mins read

Millions of women in India are deprived of basic needs when it comes to menstruation. Apart from poor hygiene and health, women often go through the menace of stigma, myths and taboos attached to menstrual health. It compromises their safety, causing additional stress and anxiety, and they are unable to manage their menstrual cycle in a dignified and a healthy way.

Technology: Ushering a Paradigm Shift in Healthcare System Strengthening

Jan 23, 2023 • 5 mins read

Technology and human interventions, both have their pros and cons, however, a holistic approach taking the best of both worlds is the way forward. There is a growing need for changing mindsets amongst healthcare professionals and policymakers so that they can shun hesitancy towards acceptance and adoption of innovative technologies that can improve healthcare outcomes.

Reducing Threats from Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) through Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Practices: A Public Health Perspective

Dec 23, 2022 • 5 mins read

It is estimated that in developed countries, 5-10% of patients admitted to acute care hospitals acquire one or more infections. In developing countries, on the other hand, the risk of infection is 2-20 times higher and the proportion of patients affected by HAI can exceed 25% [1]. In the last decade, large Ebola virus disease outbreaks, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome epidemic, and the COVID – 19 pandemics, have demonstrated some of the dramatic consequences of epidemic-prone pathogens often spreading through healthcare settings

Mpox Outbreak: Re-Highlighting Need to Future-Proof Health Systems for Potential Outbreaks of Existing or Novel Zoonotic Diseases

Dec 07, 2022 • 4 mins read

Public health agencies across the world are still evaluating the lethality and severity of the virus. Many countries failed to control the spread despite the fact that mpox virus originated in the 1970s and has been around for a while now. However, many nations including India have never experienced its outbreak in the past. While the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, only timely and strategised measures can prevent another widespread outbreak of another infectious disease like moneypox.

India's Fight Against Dengue

Nov 29, 2022 • 3 mins read

As winter is approaching most parts of India, the sudden yet prolonged surge in Dengue cases, a vector-borne disease, has left people alarmed. However, experts believe that the primary reason Dengue continues to be a peril is delayed monsoon withdrawal, a natural phenomenon that leads to a gradual decrease in temperature.

Enabling Mental Health Experts in Early Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

Nov 23, 2022 • 5 mins read

Multiple studies show that one in four patients visiting a health service provider in India has at least one mental, neurological, or behavioural disorder. But most of these go undiagnosed and untreated, largely owing to a lack of psychiatrists across states and hesitancy among patients. This further results in increased cases of sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, burnout, and in extreme cases, even suicidal tendencies.

Empowering Nurses – The Largest Cadre of Frontline Healthcare Warriors

Jul 25, 2022 • 4 mins read

Nurses form the largest cadre of healthcare professionals and play an integral role in day-to-day patient care. However, nurses in India face several challenges, limiting their capabilities and morale.

ECHO Model Working Towards Addressing Sustainable Development Goals

Jul 20, 2022 • 3 mins read

The ECHO model has proven efficient, effective, and scalable across several disciplines in empowering global change, especially in the fields of health and education. Going beyond health and education, the ECHO model can be leveraged to create lasting change across multiple sectors and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Eliminating Tuberculosis by 2025 through Capacity Building and Continuous Service Delivery

Jul 20, 2022 • 3 mins read

ECHO India is supporting the Central TB Division (CTD) under the Government Of India’s Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in conducting ECHO TB Clinics and programmatic sessions across the country as part of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP). These ECHO TB Clinics have ensured continuous service delivery and enabled managing NTEP during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic years.

Enhancing the ECHO Model

Jul 20, 2022 • 5 mins read

iECHO is redefining the ECHO platform as an integrated technology infrastructure that will power the ECHO movement to positively impact 1 billion lives by 2025. It will enable the exchange of knowledge at a global scale with tools designed to engage a collaborative community, increase capacity, and make knowledge resources more accessible

ECHO India Enabling ASHAs, The Frontline Healthcare Warriors

Jul 20, 2022 • 4 mins read

Since the very outset, ECHO India has focused on building up the capacity of ASHAs who are at the forefront of delivering public health services, especially across rural areas, where people struggle for access to basic healthcare services

ECHO India Goes Viral in Response to COVID-19

Jul 20, 2022 • 5 mins read

Empowered with knowledge gained through attending ECHO sessions, thousands of village healthcare workers, including nurses and midwives, went door to door in remote villages to educate residents on Covid-19 and how they can protect themselves and their families. While these healthcare providers did not have any personal protective equipment, they did their best to maintain distance and regularly sanitize their hands

All Teach All Learn : Capacity Building of Educators to Drive Better Learning Outcomes

Jul 20, 2022 • 4 mins read

In the era of virtual knowledge sharing, many institutions in education sector are looking to address the knowledge gap within their local communities. This has resulted in the ECHO model being identified as one of the platforms that enable capacity building for experts in the education sector. The ECHO model aims to bring a paradigm shift in the field of education, including the way the teachers and students engage and learn, through a practical learning approach. This will encourage the teachers to experiment with the practical teaching methods in the real classroom environment.

ECHO India’s Way Forward

Jul 20, 2022 • 3 mins read

To address the challenges at scale, Project ECHO and ECHO India have embarked on the ambitious plan to establish a robust digital infrastructure called iECHO. This is a result of many many deliberations on reimagining our role, reimagining the roles of our partners and most importantly the role played by the healthcare workers themselves. It required us to dig deep to understand what is the core interaction we are trying to solve and what will help us do that faster, better and at scale. How do we move from being a tool to an infrastructure

Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Great Pods and ECHO India

May 16, 2022 • 5 mins read

This year, Airtable’s Commemorative Observance team is excited to wrap up Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month by sharing the stories of two amazing organizations out there powered by Airtable: Great Pods and ECHO India.

The Digital Future of Nursing and Healthcare

Apr 25, 2022 • 2 mins read

The future of healthcare will be defined by global collaboration and using technology to amplify our existing resources...

Continuous Nursing Education

Apr 25, 2022 • 2 mins read

Equitable access to quality healthcare is one of the most dynamic challenges of the world. The Covid-19 pandemic showed the world that healthcare needs to deliver not only to those who have the means for it, but more importantly to those who lie in the margins of society and economy...

Infection Prevention and Control

Apr 13, 2022 • 5 mins read

The pandemic has been one of the toughest challenges for humanity in recent years. With the infection spread taking a toll on the economy, human life, and the overall morale of people, it has been a steep incline to overcome...

Empowering Assam Educators

Feb 23, 2022 • 5 mins read

Access to free education is a fundamental right of every child in our country. Over the past few decades, India has made ...

Learning from the Frontlines: Project ECHO Is Community Engagement

Feb 02, 2022 • 6 mins read

Dr. Kumud Rai, Chairman, ECHO India, discusses the importance of listening to frontline healthcare professionals to meet community medical needs more effectively

Cancer Screening in India: Sharing Knowledge to Combat Fear and Build Hope

Jan 15, 2019 • 6 mins read

Why me?” a woman will ask. “I’m a good person. I’ve never done anything. I am faithful to my husband and I practice good hygiene. Why is this happening to me?