Mental health

Global Campaign against Epilepsy: Out of the Shadows

Mission statement:

To improve acceptability, treatment, services and prevention of epilepsy worldwide

Established in 1997 as a joint project of the:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
  • International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE)


  • increase public and professional awareness of epilepsy as a universal, treatable brain disorders;
  • raise epilepsy to a new plane of acceptability in the public domain;
  • promote public and professional education about epilepsy;
  • identify the needs of people with epilepsy on a national and regional basis;
  • encourage governments and departments of health to address the needs of people with epilepsy including awareness, education, diagnosis, treatment, care, services, and prevention.

Campaign strategy:

Working along two parallel tracks, the Campaign will:

  • raise general awareness and understanding of epilepsy;
  • support Departments of Health in identifying needs and promoting education, training, treatment, services, research and prevention in their countries.

Campaign tactics:

  • to generate Regional Declarations on Epilepsy, produce information on epilepsy for policy-makers, incorporate epilepsy care into National Health Plans, and facilitate the establishment of national organizations of professionals and lay persons who are dedicated to promoting the well-being of people with epilepsy;
  • to help organize Demonstration Projects that illustrate good practice in the provision of epilepsy care.

Campaign activities:

Developing approaches to reducing stigma of epilepsy: