How do we solve health inequity?
There are over 50 neurologists in Oxford. In the whole of Ghana (population 33 million), there are six. In Zimbabwe (population 15 million) there are two. A suggestion that has been offered for many years is to develop new technologies to assist non-physician healthcare workers. Yet, resource poor settings are littered with failed attempts to do this. Donating an MRI scan does nothing if you do not have the personnel to maintain it. Similarly, providing expensive drugs is likely to break the country’s healthcare budget once the grant funding runs out.
How, then, do we develop sustainable improvements in health care across low to middle income settings?
In this panel discussion we explore a novel approach taken to tackle epilepsy, one of the most common, serious neurological illnesses. By embedding an oral history programme within a project designing economically viable technologies, we showcase how the lived experience of people with a condition can lead to enduring solutions. There is open discussion on the challenges faced and the aspirations for future work. Importantly, we hear from in-country collaborators and from those in other resource limited settings as we try and better understand how apps and devices may be delivered at scale.
The expert panel includes neurologists from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Oxford engineers and historians. The discussion is moderated by Arjune Sen and Kevin Marsh.
This is a joint event with the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Epilepsy