Who We Are

ECHO is grounded in the belief that we are stronger together and that the future of healthcare lies in teamwork and collaborative action.  Children admitted to hospital face unique health challenges that are not always recognized or prioritized by larger health policy initiatives.  ECHO was created to address some of these challenges. 

Defining the challenge

Although children’s hospitals operate in different markets they face similar challenges including:

  • A demand from society to increase value
  • Increasingly complex patients and technologies
  • Challenges in monitoring, evaluation, and benchmarking
  • A lack of research and innovation targeted at children in hospital

With these common challenges in mind and a desire to improve the health of children across Europe, a small group of leaders formed what would become the European Children’s Hospitals Organisation.

A plan for action

To set the best course for ECHO and ensure our members are positioned to provide the highest quality care to the children they serve, ECHO’s strategic framework for 2018-2021 focuses on five interrelated lines including:


A complete version of ECHO's strategic plan is available for dowload in PDF below.

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ECHO is a wholly member funded organisation.