epiCam eye care in Africa

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epiCam is being used as part of a THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) project in Uganda to screen for diabetic retinopathy. THET is a global health organization working with the aim of ensuring everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare. This is done by educating, supporting and training health workers through partnerships between hospitals, colleges and clinics in the UK and those overseas.

epiCam M was selected for the work in Uganda because it is specifically tuned for diabetic retinopathy and has been designed to show vasculature in high contrast. While in use, epiCam M’s versatility immediately became evident. Being powered by laptop, tablet or phone makes epiCam M portable and suitable for use in a variety of settings such as temporary community outreach clinics used to provide screening in hard-to-reach areas.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

epiCam is also in use in Tanzania as part of a University of St Andrews-Tumaini La Maisha (TLM) innovation programme to help diagnose a range of eye diseases in children in Dar es Salaam.

Tumaini La Maisha, meaning “hope for life”, is dedicated to caring for children with cancer and their families and provides both clinical and non-clinical supportive services. Their aim – to provide free and curative care for all children in Tanzania with cancer.

epiCam’s portability and robustness coupled with high quality imaging again makes it an ideal device for these settings. The ability to record and review high resolution retinal video is providing a unique way to acquire the required imaging and help improve patient compliance in younger patients.

Photos: Terry Cooper https://www.terrycooper.photography/