Mental health

Neurology and public health

Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system. Common neurological disorders include epilepsy, headache, Parkinson disease, and dementia, as well as neurological problems caused by other disorders, such as cerebrovascular disease and infections.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by neurological disorders: more than 50 million people have epilepsy; around 47 million are affected by dementia globally.

Moreover, the extension of life expectancy and the ageing of the general populations in both developed and developing countries are likely to increase the prevalence of many chronic and progressive physical and mental conditions including neurological disorders.

Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

The action plan recognizes the essential role of mental health in achieving health for all people. It aims to achieve equity through universal health coverage and stresses the importance of prevention.

Dementia Action Plan 2017-2025

The global plan aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries.

WHO’s first Global Epilepsy Report

WHO, in collaboration with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), will release the first Global Epilepsy Report in 2019. To support investment in reducing the burden of epilepsy, the report calls for accelerated action to make epilepsy a public health priority.