Sharing best practices in breast cancer control

Working together in teams, participants in this Project ECHO course will learn how to apply the Knowledge Summaries on Breast Cancer Control to their project and respective settings over a period of six months
13 November 2020

UICC’s Project ECHO® for breast cancer control began this week with organisations from 22 LMICs across the world. Their projects cover a range of issues focused on improving breast cancer control and patient outcomes. 

UICC received 51 applications from breast cancer-focused organisations interested in participating in the new Project ECHO for Knowledge Summaries for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control, which is led by UICC, together with the NCI Center for Global Health and the Breast Health Global Initiative. 

Following the selection process, some 120 individuals from 25 organisations in 22 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) were invited to join the 2020-2021 Project ECHO cohort, which will run until May 2021. Applications were assessed against a range of criteria, including quality, relevance with the respect to the Project ECHO curriculum, regional diversity and potential for impact. 

Participants met virtually for the first time on the 12th November. They represent a diverse range of organisations, from regional hospitals, patient groups, ministries of health, universities and cancer associations. All work hand-in-hand with other key stakeholders in their countries to address breast cancer and bring concrete solutions to support the breast cancer patients with which they work. 

Each organisation is represented on the Project ECHO course by three to four team members responsible for developing and delivering a specific breast cancer-focused project. Working together in teams and learning from like-minded peers, participants will learn how to apply the Knowledge Summaries on Breast Cancer Control to their project and respective settings over a period of six months. 

The selected projects for the course cover a range of issues. More than half include a focus on early detection, 25% on improving access to treatment and 15% concentrate on palliative and supportive care. Specific topics include improving patient pathways in Botswana; expanding access to genetic testing in Brazil; improving early detection in Lebanon through workshops on self-examination promoted nationally on TV and radio; and increasing access to medicines in the Philippines. The full list of projects is provided below.

When asked to articulate their expectations of this ECHO course in a orientation call conducted early October, participants expressed their will to “improve the quality of care for breast cancer treatment at a regional level”, to “learn what will make our work more effective”, to “exchange knowledge beyond borders”, and to “learn as much from fellow participants". This matches UICC’s ambitions for the course and for the new cohort of breast cancer professionals. 

The Project ECHO on breast cancer control is part of UICC’s Breast Cancer Programme, supported by Pfizer, Daiichi-Sankyo, the NCI Center for Global Health and the Breast Health Global Initiative, and contributes to the goals of the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5



Title of the project


University of Botswana

Demonstration of a Scalable Breast Health Care Pathway: Experience from Botswana



Expanding Access to Genetic and Genomic Tests in Cancer in Brazil


Hospital de Base – FUNFARME

Implementation of an Institutional Database on Breast Cancer Unit to Support and Guidance of Assistance Planning and Qualification of Health Care

Burkina Faso

Ligue Burkinabè Contre le Cancer du Sein (LIBUCAS)

Social Reinsertion of Women who underwent Mastectomy for Breast Cancer


Ministry of Health

Sensitisation of Political and Administrative Authorities on the Value of Early Breast Cancer Screening


Shefaa Al Orman Oncology Hospital

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Based on Genetic Screening of Familial Cancers

El Salvador

Fundación Edificando Vidas, El Salvador

Strengthening our Services with Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis, and Developing an Impact Campaign for the Defense of Patients

El Salvador


Initiative against Breast Cancer in El Salvador


Georgian-Dutch Hospital; Georgian Patients' Union

Women Programme: Access to Breast Cancer Screening and Patient’s Rehabilitation after Treatment


Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Tata Memorial Center

Building and Implementing Strategies for Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care in East India


Max Superspecialty Hospital Vaishali

Breast Cancer Awareness & Reducing Delay in Presentation and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer


The Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation

Promoting Self Breast Examination and Clinical Breast Examination in Indonesia


Rumah Sakit Kanker Dharmais, National Cancer Center

Patient’s Breast Cancer Management Time

Ivory Coast

Programme National de Lutte contre le Cancer

National Strategic Planning against Breast Cancer


King Hussein Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Early Detection project


International Cancer Institute

Education and Training of Front-line Health Care Providers to improve Early Detection of Breast Cancer


Fadia Survive & Thrive Cancer Association

Supporting Critically Ill breast cancer patients with Dedicated Advocacy Campaigns and Training


The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation

Patient Empowerment Workshop



MAKNA Digital Mobile Mammogram Unit


Fundación CIMA

Educational Model "CIMA"


Pun Yaung Hnin Si (Pink Rose) Breast Cancer Patients Support Group

“You Can Breast Health Club”: Empowering Healthy Women of Myanmar to Enhance Breast Cancer Awareness and to Take Action


Cancer Association of Namibia

Early Detection: Breast Health Awareness and Clinical Breast Examination


Medicaid Cancer Foundation

Community Awareness Creation and Training of Healthcare Workers in Kebbi State


Run For a Cure Africa

The Pink Ed Project for Early Breast Cancer Detection in Nigeria


Ministry of Health

Breast Cancer Medicine Access Programme

Last update: 
Tuesday 17 November 2020