The population of the Islands in the Western Pacific region is over 2 million, with an estimated 40,000 people with epilepsy. It is unclear what epilepsy and neurological services are available in the islands. Furthermore, there is no data regarding the treatment gap, and/or the cost of epilepsy medication.
Epilepsy New Zealand established in 1956 is a registered Incorporated Society, governed by a National Board which includes representatives with skills in Education, Human Resources, Legal, Chartered Accounting, Information Technology, and Health (Neurology and Psychology).
Because there is little information about epilepsy and epilepsy care in the Pacific Island, Epilepsy New Zealand proposed this project with the following objectives:
- Conduct research into the epilepsy services available to the Pacific Islands in the IBE Western Pacific Region, with a view of introducing and/or improving services.
- Qualifying the treatment gap and implement measures and services to reduce it.
- Establish long term self-sufficient service organisations, connected to the IBE, in each country.
The project will receive US$3,500 from the Promising Strategies Program