This program is meant to address the patient care continuum and access to epilepsy services. This includes case-finding, diagnosis, treatment, maintenance of anti-epileptic drugs, referral for specialist treatment if required, monitoring and follow-up. The consequences of poorly controlled seizures are physical injury, psychosocial morbidity and increased mortality.
Reduce the ‘Treatment Gap’
Delayed neurosurgical care comes with high personal and social costs. It is important to reduce the ‘treatment gap’ and encourage patients to seek the diagnosis and care they need and deserve as if treated, people with epilepsy can live a normal life. This program is expected that better accessibility will then lead to improvements in the health of people with epilepsy, reducing the incidence and prevalence of epilepsy, co-morbidity, and mortality.
What Care4Epilepsy Provides
Care4Epilepsy will not deliver clinical service, however, will provide support and international network to the Ministry of Health and other care providers to increase and develop epilepsy service in Ethiopia.