Many cities, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMICs), face the same challenges and shortages when it comes to cancer care. However, these cities have traditionally faced barriers when attempting to pool knowledge and share the best practices that drive lasting change.
In 2020 City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) partnered with Project ECHO, a movement which strives to demonopolise knowledge and amplify capacity to provide best-practice care to under-represented people all over the world through replication of the ECHOTM online learning model.
The partnership with Project ECHOTM is designed to improve the quality of the final products that each project team is developing by providing expert knowledge and policy’planning advice remotely to the project teams in the C/Can cities, and supporting them in the implementation of their respective work plans in a cost-effective manner.
C/Can has organised a series of virtual TeleECHOTM sessions on a range of cancer care topics. These sessions include presentations, discussions and case studies from individual cities, and allow participants to share the strategies they have implemented to tackle particular challenges at local level. Each session is informed by the City Activity Plans, which enable a city to develop specific thematic projects with their respective multi-institutional teams and identify the main areas for mobilising external expertise (technical assistance).
132 health care professionals trained
By leveraging technology, international expertise, and the expanding C/Can city network, communities of practice in oncology nursing will be developed to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices.