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The Extension for Community Health Outcome (ECHO) program built the capacity of 6,092 health workers from 698 health facilities on the response to HIV, COVID-19 and other diseases in the country.
Prosper Onyekachukwu, the ECHO Project Manager for CDC-funded Public Health Information Surveillance Solutions and Systems (PHIS3) in the United States, said yesterday at the first ECHO Country Collaborative Meeting hosted by PHIS3 in collaboration with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and other partners.
He said Project ECHO, which started as a digital platform for delivering HIV care and services, was relaunched in May 2022 as SPiCE ECHO after PHIS3 took over the implementation. implemented.
He said the platform has been used to train incident managers for the COVID-19 response across the country, provide technical support for enhanced site monitoring (ESM) in CDC-supported states. and set up WARE in collaboration with five West African countries, CDC, NCDC and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) among others.
Dr Azuka Nnaji, ECHO WARE regional coordinator for West Africa, said ECHO was started by the University of New Mexico in 2003 to build the capacity of health workers so that locals villages do not have to go to town to see a doctor.
She said the ECHO regional program for West Africa was launched in February last year at the height of COVID-19 and went beyond COVID-19 to incorporate other important diseases. for public health, including non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Fatima Saleh, Deputy Director of Prevention Program and Knowledge Management Department at NCDC, said that many NCDC staff had been trained through ECHO, adding that ECHO had helped strengthen the health system in the country. countries by building and developing the workforce.