Solomon L. Moshé
This is my first year as Secretary-General and, indeed, it has been an honor to serve the League. And, what a beautiful year it has been. The transition from the previous secretariat was seamless, and I would like to thank Dr. Natalio Fejerman for his advice and guidance through the first few months when I assumed the office. I am also looking forward to continue working with President Wolf, the Executive Committee and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) to achieve the goals embraced by all of us: provide outstanding educational programs and opportunties, coordinate effective translational research effrots and deliver the best epilepsy care.
One of the main responsibilities of the Secretary-General is to promote chapter development and support their activities. The following chapters were approved at the General Assembly in Paris on 1 September 2005: Bangladesh, China, United Arab Emirates and Tanzania. Since then, the application of one chapter is near completion; the Epilepsy Society Uganda with Dr. Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige as President. We have received inquiries from Ghana, Libya, New Zealand, Iran, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Angola, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. In the discussions involving new chapters, we have included the Regional Commission, as the Regional Commissions know better the particulars of the region and may provide guidance and input to issues that may be region-specific.
Together with Emilio Perucca, First Vice President of the ILAE, we developed a new document describing the constitution and the bylaws of the ILAE. We have obtained preliminary comments from the other members of the Executive Committee. The new consitution will be presented to the 2007 General Assembly for ratification. In addition, we have prepared sample letters providing guidelines on how to write a constitution and bylaws; these can be used by prospective chapters when they prepare their application to join our organization.
The previous Commissions have submitted end of term reports describing the progress they have made toward their goals. Several Commissions will continue as their projects are ongoing. We developed a process to publish the Commission reports in Epilepsia. This was accomplished in consultation with the two new editors, Phil Schwartzkroin and Simon Shorvon, with the invaluable input of President Wolf and all the members of the Executive Committee. In addition, the Executive Committee approved the publication of Epilepsia Digest, one of the projects that Dr Fejerman worked so hard to develop.
The Executive Committee together with the IBE is working to develop a mechanism to make Epilepsia available to epileptologists who do not have a chapter in their country. Of course, we will have chapters in all countries. In collaboration with WHO, a Subcommission of the Pediatric Commission developed an algorithm for the diagnosis and treatment of neonatal seizures. John Patrick Co and Maurizio Elia have spearheaded this project. The algorithm is intended to assist clinicians by providing a framework for decision-making in managing neonatal seizures in all parts of the world. The work of this group will continue with the development of additional algorithms.
Most importantly, together with the Headquarters Office, we are working on the development of a policy and procedure manual that we hope will be available in the near future.
During the past year, I have received tremendous help from the Executive Office, Peter Berry, the Administrative Director, Delphine Sartiaux, Nele Devolder ane Christer Osterling. They all have been wonderful to work with and have allowed for a smooth transition between the two Executive Committees. I am looking forward to a long, wonderful relationship.
Solomon L Moshé