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2013 PAHO Report

PAHO Report 2013

The Report on Epilepsy in Latin America and the Caribbean (2013) prepared by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) with the support of the International League against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy is now available.

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2013 Commission Annual Report

Perú-Canada Collaboration


Dr. Jorge G Burneo during workshop on video-EEG in Lima, Aug 2008

Dr. David Steven, Epilepsy surgeon, reviewing cases with epilepsy team in Lima, Aug 2012

Dr. David Steven providing support during first ever temporal lobectomy in PerĂº, at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas in Lima, Peru, 2012

Perú is located in Western South America, and has a population of more than 29 million, with an estimate of more than half a million with epilepsy (prevalence of 17.8 per 1000 people). Only in its capital Lima, with a population of 8.5 million, there is an estimate of more than 150,000 persons with epilepsy and approximately 45,000 with medically-intractable epilepsy. Despite these large numbers, there had not been formal Comprehensive Epilepsy Programs until the end of 2011.

With the support of the “Partnering Epilepsy Centers in America” Program (PECA), supported by the North American Commission of the ILAE, the Epilepsy Program at the Western University (Ontario, Canada) paired with the Department of Epilepsy at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas (INCN) in Lima. Since 2008, these two institutions have been working together, organizing workshops, visits to Perú and London (Canada), and reviewing cases online, among other activities. The main objectives of this partnership have been realized, the latest one being the performance of the first ever temporal lobectomy in a patient with medically-intractable temporal lobe epilepsy due to hippocampal sclerosis in Perú.

The Collaborative work between Peru and Canada has been successful and can be used as a model for the development of Epilepsy Programs in other countries in need. The success of this collaboration has been mainly based on the driving force and keenness of the young neurologists and neurosurgeon at the INCN. As a result, the collaboration has been extended to the other health system that exists in Peru, the Social Security System (ESSALUD), which has more advanced and better equipped hospitals.

The work has not stopped, but will continue through continuous educational online activities, and more visits to Peru and Canada.

If you want more information about PECA, please contact the chair of the North American Commission Sheryl.haut@einstein.yu.edu

Reference: Burneo et al, Epilep & Behav 2013; 26: 96-9.

North American Regional Commission

The current North American Regional Commission (NAC) was constituted in 2006, comprising English speaking North American Chapters of Canada, the United States of America, and the English speaking Caribbean (represented by Jamaica). The Mexican chapter, although geographically in North America, is a member of the Latin American Regional Commission.

 

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