Draft Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders (IGAP)

Joint ILAE and IBE cascade target regarding the draft Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders: 
-90% of all people with epilepsy aware of their diagnosis as a treatable brain disorder
-80% of people diagnosed with epilepsy with access to appropriate, affordable, safe antiseizure medicines
-70% of people with epilepsy on treatment achieve adequate seizure control

ILAE and IBE are jointly advocating for a cascade target for epilepsy to be included in the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders to inspire a decade of action and achieve meaningful improvements in care and treatment for all of the 50 million plus people who live with epilepsy globally.

Express your support for this target by emailing WHO at brainhealth@who.int by 15 August 2021.

What will it take to make this a reality?

90% of all people with epilepsy aware of their diagnosis as a treatable brain disorder

  • Increased public and professional awareness about epilepsy
  • Improved diagnosis through training and enhanced specialist networks
  • Harmful myths replaced with an understanding that epilepsy is a treatable brain disorder

80% of people diagnosed with epilepsy with access to appropriate, affordable, safe antiseizure medicines

  • Strengthened, sustainable essential medicine supply chains
  • Proper financing and pricing to ensure that anti-seizure medicines are affordable
  • Reclassification of certain anti-seizure medicines to allow production and importation

70% of people with epilepsy on treatment achieve adequate seizure control

  • Investment in primary and community care and support
  • People with epilepsy informed, engaged and empowered
  • Continued research to improve treatment options

Is it feasible? Could be achieve these targets?

Yes, it is feasible. There is a strong evidence base to support all of the areas listed above. It is possible to detect, diagnose and treat epilepsy through a primary health care approach.

Yes, we could achieve these targets by 2031. With strong government commitment, investment, greater inclusion and understanding, all three targets could be achieved within a decade.  

 Epilepsy 90-80-70: A SMART Target

We need broad support!

Please write to WHO at brainhealth@who.int by 15 August 2021 to advocate for Epilepsy 90-80-70.

A History of Initiatives to Reduce the Global Burden of Epilepsy

Click the image below to view the full size infographic with interactive links.

WHO History of initiatives to reduce the global burden of epilepsy infographic

Joint ILAE/IBE IGAP recommendations

Click the image below to read the full ILAE/IBE letter to WHO submitted on 28 July 2021.

Joint ILAE/IBE letter to WHO with IGAP recommendations click to read

For more information on IGAP, visit the WHO website