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WHO Resolution on Epilepsy

WHO Resolution on Epilepsy

Added: 17 April 2015, 12:24

Unanimous backing for new WHO resolution on tackling epilepsy

Epilepsy organisations worldwide have welcomed the new WHO resolution to prioritise and co-ordinate epilepsy care around the globe.  This is being seen as a huge step forward in getting an international commitment to tackle epilepsy globally.

80% of people with epilepsy live in low and middle income countries. A lack of co-ordinated healthcare and access to medicine means that many people have no help with the physical effects of seizures and the social effects of stigma and depression. This means that 7/10 people with epilepsy receive no treatment. However anti-epileptic drugs allow 70% of people to live seizure free – for only US$5 per year. This vast difference in treatment in different parts of the world is called The Treatment Gap.

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