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Applying ECHO to developing a reproductive & sexual health education model in El Salvador

Rameet Singh, University of New Mexico

Project abstract

Access to adolescent reproductive and sexual health (RSH) education in El Salvador consists of a restricted, often inexact school curriculum or limited engagement with community health promoters. Comprehensive RSH care is a basic health right that enables and allows adolescents to optimize their health and development, and includes being able to avail of educational opportunities. In order to honor that right, there is an urgent need to create a cadre of Salvadoran educators to provide comprehensive RSH education.

The aim of this project is to develop an RSH education delivery model that can be administered to Salvadoran educators. An interdisciplinary team of family planning faculty from the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; technology, program implementation, and monitoring experts from Project ECHO; and the community accompaniment organization Voices on the Border (Voices) will develop a RSH education delivery model to be implemented in El Salvador. The UNM faculty has over 40 years of cumulative family planning experience in the delivery of RSH education, program development, and clinical services nationally and internationally. Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes education and training delivery while exponentially increasing workforce capacity to reduce health disparities.

UNM’s partnership with Voices emphasizes the project team’s commitment to working with and building on local knowledge and capacity to ensure sustainability. The established success of Project ECHO will allow force multiplication of a successful RSH education delivery model across El Salvador.

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