20 June 2019 – Three quarters of people living with epilepsy in low-income countries do not get the treatment they need, increasing their risk of dying prematurely and condemning many to a life of stigma. The findings are published in “Epilepsy: a public health imperative”, released today by WHO and leading nongovernmental organizations for epilepsy, the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.
8 February 2019 - International Epilepsy Day, celebrated each year on the 2nd Monday of February, is an opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy, what it is, how it can be treated, and what is needed to bring treatment to all people who need it.
The ability of health workers to diagnose epilepsy, the availability of medicines and research into the health and social care response to epilepsy are just three areas of action for WHO and partners.
8 February 2019 – In Myanmar, it is estimated that around
500 000 people live with epilepsy, many of whom do not receive the care they require. The Myanmar Epilepsy Initiative is bringing quality treatment and care to people living with epilepsy. A collaboration between WHO and Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports, the Initiative is now being scaled up to provide access to quality, affordable care in five states/regions across the country.
29 September 2015 - The Global Information Kit on Epilepsy has been developed as part of the WHO Programme on Reducing the Epilepsy Treatment Gap to support implementation of WHA68.20 recommendations. It provides general information about epilepsy, an overview of current pilot projects as examples of what can be achieved, and actions that can be taken by specific stakeholder groups with reference to WHA68.20. The intended audiences for the Global Information Kit on Epilepsy are policymakers, specialist and non-specialist health care providers, people living with epilepsy and their families, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the general public.
50 millionAround 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.Fact sheet: epilepsy
3/4Three quarters of people with epilepsy in low-income countries do not get treated.Fact sheet: epilepsy
US$ 5 People can live seizure-free with effective medicines for as low as US$5 per person each year.Fact sheet: epilepsy
Epilepsy is the most common chronic brain disease and affects people of all ages. More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy; nearly 80% of them live in low- and middle-income countries.
An estimated 70% of people with epilepsy could be seizure free if properly diagnosed and treated, yet about three quarters people with epilepsy in low-income countries do not get the treatment they need. Furthermore, people with epilepsy and their families frequently suffer from stigma and discrimination.
WHO is working with ministries of health and partners to improve access to treatment for epilepsy.
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.