APPEAL – Can you help?
The war in Ukraine has made significant demands on the provision of healthcare to the country including chronic conditions such as epilepsy. Reports have emerged of destroyed infrastructure and equipment including hospital diagnostic facilities. Among other problems this has led to a shortage of EEG equipment.
Further, while men up to the age of 60 remain in Ukraine to fight, their families have sought safety from the gunfire in the West. A substantial proportion of the EEG technician workforce are female and therefore there is a paucity of qualified technicians.
The remit of the TeleEEG project is to enable high quality EEG services to help in the diagnosis of epilepsy in low and middle income countries. While Ukraine is not a poor country we hope you will agree there is a special need here, deserving of our attention.
TeleEEG is helping to re-enable epilepsy clinics throughout Ukraine. This project involves the provision of EEG machines, training of local staff and remote interpretation of EEGs.
Our team of volunteers is already kindly providing time and skills to interpret EEGs from clinics in need throughout the world. Many are also offering to report an occasional EEG from Ukraine until the country once again gets on its feet.
Please let us know if you are able and willing to support this, or pledge directly by visiting our website:
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Background – TeleEEG®
TeleEEG® is a charity registered in England and Wales (1168877). Hospital clinics enabled to date by TeleEEG are located in Bolivia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Next to be enabled is Dominica.
TeleEEG is arguably among the best value-for-donation charities in the world, having leveraged £180,000 in donations into over £2 million worth of epilepsy aid over 10 years.
It is also one of the most efficient with routine case reporting taking on average just 3.5 days against a target of 5 days, and urgent cases with a target of 24 hours being reported in under 7 hours (at time of publishing for year to date 2023).
This would not be possible without the virtual team of volunteer Doctors who deliver the EEG remote reporting service overseas, and the TeleEEG® system of processes and technology that enables this to be delivered.
- Coates S., Stow C. (2020) Role of Technology Helping Epilepsy Diagnosis in the Developing World Through TeleEEG In: Okpaku S.O. (eds) Innovations in Global Mental Health. Springer, Cham.
- Tele-EEG in the UK: a report of over 1,000 patients, Coates S, Clarke A, Davison G, Patterson V. J Telemed Telecare.2012 Jul;18(5):243-6. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.111003
- The World Health Organisation (WHO)- https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/epilepsy