Epilepsy is a condition due to abnormal electrical brain activity which usually results in a convulsion. It mostly affects young people. In most cases it is easily treated with medication but in poorer countries many people with epilepsy are not on these drugs mainly because there are not enough doctors nearby to treat them. Untreated epilepsy has a high mortality, causes frequent burns and accidents and is responsible for subjects and their families encountering stigma and prejudice from their wider societies.
The World Health Organisation has suggested that non-physician health workers are empowered to diagnose and treat epilepsy. To do this however they will need a “tool”. We have devised a smartphone application to be that tool. The app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store.
Click here for a short presentation about the app..
The app has been translated into a number of languages – Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Portuguese, Arabic and Latin American Spanish. The evidence behind it has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been the subject of a Virtual Special Edition of the journal Seizure. For a list of papers click here.
The app has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Digital Health Awards 2018
New apps are in development in conjunction with our partners, NetProphets Cyberworks.