TeleEEG in Ecuador – A remote service diagnosing epilepsy via overseas volunteers

Help TeleEEG fund low-cost EEG equipment (£1,500 per clinic) to enable remote diagnosis of epilepsy in under-resourced countries. Our latest expedition is to Tena in Ecuador; the Amazon rainforest hospital will include a satellite service for the Galapagos Islands. Over the last 10 years, TeleEEG has leveraged donations of £125,000 for EEG equipment into over £1.5m worth of direct medical aid in the accurate diagnosis of epilepsy by volunteer interpreters for 20,000 patients using EEG recordings. While patients of all ages attend the 54 clinics we have enabled in 20 countries to date, our median patient age is 14 years old.

Start date: 2 February 2022
Region: Latin America
Languages: English, Spanish
Lead institution: Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra Hospital, Tena
Location: Tena, Equador
Principal investigator / organizer: Dr Steve Coates, Founding Trustee TeleEEG, UK
Patient age: All ages
Type of project: Clinical, Capacity Building
Funding sources: Charitable donations
Project needs: Volunteers, Equipment, Funding, Medication
Related publications: 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.

Contact: Charlotte Stow, Trustee TeleEEG, UK