Guinea Epilepsy Project

To characterize the clinical utility of an artificially intelligent smartphone-based electroencephalogram to diagnose patients with epilepsy in the Republic of Guinea

Project start date : 06/01/2017

Beneficiary country : Guinea

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic diseases
  • Mental health

Fields of application

  • Health professional training
  • Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
  • Patient monitoring and medical data

Stage of development

  • Routine project/operational

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO
  • Government agency (USAID, etc.)

Area where the project is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations
  • Other (please specify)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Sick people
  • Dependents/persons with disabilities
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • Patient family/entourage

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer
  • Connected objects

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

About the sponsor

Massachusetts General Hospital Global Neurology Research Group

The Global Neurology Research Group is dedicated to finding practical and cost-effective solutions to meet the neurological needs of individuals in developing countries. Neurological disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injuries are more common in low- and middle income countries, where 86% of the world’s population is concentrated. These neurological disorders can be disabling both physically and mentally, and there is a high human and economic cost associated with them. Many of these diseases come with a stigma attached since they are often misunderstood. Compounding this problem is that many of these diseases are not well diagnosed or treated due to a lack of trained neurologists and limited access to medical care in these settings. When last studied, there were 12 African countries with no neurologists, and an additional 23 countries with a ratio of one neurologist to more than five million people in the population. The Global Neurology Research Group at Mass General works on projects designed to improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of neurological diseases in these resource-limited settings.

Sector : Academic entities (Universities, research laboratories, etc)

Country of origin : United States of America (the)

Contact : Sponsor website Project website

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation



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  • Conakry

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  • Republic of Guinea

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  • Danish Technical University

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • Copenhagen

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  • Denmark

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  • BrainCapture

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  • Massachusetts General Hospital

    Healthcare (professionals and structures)

  • U.S. Department of State