A step closer to a Global Action Plan on Epilepsy

IBE applauds the final draft of the 10 year intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The draft - available here - will now be discussed at a meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation. IBE encourages its chapters and partners to contact their national health ministries to ask for their support of this ambitious plan. Once approved by the Executive Board in late January, it will then only require final ratification by the World Health Assembly in May. We feel this a major opportunity for epilepsy to become a global public health priority in the next ten years, and to provide an example for other neurological disorders to follow. Major challenges such as stigma and discrimination, as well as access to treatment and care, will be addressed by this plan - which is committed to engaging people with epilepsy in its implementation. The IBE Position Statement on the draft iGAP can be found here. If you would like to further support this work and need more information, please contact us.