The ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) project was officially launched on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence of 51 participants by videoconference precisely within the premises of the Department of Health and social action of the armed forces (DSASA) of the Ministry of State, Ministry of Defense.
A project led by PSI and PEPFAR in partnership with CSLS, this project is a distance education initiative by videoconference (from NICTs) developed by the University of New Mexico in the United States. Built on a model of promoting best practices and learning based on the case study, it aims to develop local expertise by strengthening interactions between less experienced providers and experts in a mentoring relationship. .
The ECHO project, according to Mrs. Marie Fedra Baptiste, resident representative of PSI Côte d’Ivoire, offers an opportunity for distance learning and additional mentoring to strengthen the knowledge and skills of providers (doctors and non-doctors) with the effect of providing quality services (ARV treatment and maintenance in care) to people living with HIV / AIDS.
Overall, the project aims to contribute to building the capacities of health care providers through continuous distance learning and clinical mentoring to provide quality services and care to PLWHIV with a view to controlling the HIV epidemic.
Specifically, this will involve increasing the coverage of care and treatment for HIV and opportunistic infections for children, adults and pregnant women by providing routine and remote continuing training and clinical mentoring for doctors and nurses. , midwives and other providers in the care sites for PLWHIV in urban and rural areas. Then, put in place a sustainable approach of clinical mentoring for the treatment of HIV with a minimum of resources and the full involvement of the Ministry in charge of Health. Strengthen the links between healthcare providers, Regional and Departmental Directorates and the central level of the Ministry in charge of Health. Meet training needs while reducing the costs associated with travel and the absence of service providers from their workstations. And finally, promote the continuous professional development of human resources for health through the acquisition of credit systems.
For the Doctor-General Kouamé Messou, Director of Health and Social Action for the Armed Forces, he thanked PSI Côte d’Ivoire and PEPFAR for this project which will provide an opportunity for training human resources for a adequate care for PLWHIV in accordance with the objective of controlling the AIDS epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire.