ILAE-Africa Goals for the 2017-2021 term:
- Promotion of Epilepsy Awareness.
- Improving Access to Epilepsy Care.
- Conduct training in epilepsy and strengthen the education activities of ILAE-Africa.
- Foster Epilepsy Research in the Region.
- Multiply ILAE membership in the region
Challenges to Epilepsy care in the ILAE-Africa region:
- Highest incidence and prevalence of active epilepsy compared to that of all other continents.
- High levels of stigma and low community awareness of epilepsy.
- Lack of basic infrastructure for adequate management.
- Large epilepsy treatment gap estimated at over 80%.
- Lack of established standardized treatment guidelines for epilepsy and weak referral systems.
- Limited human resource trained to take care of people with Epilepsy (PWE).
- Poor linkage between governments, regional and national epilepsy associations, and funding agencies in supporting epilepsy work.
Planned activities for the ILAE-Africa region in 2019:
- Conduct the 4th African Epilepsy Congress (AEC) in Kampala, Uganda, August 2019.
- Conduct a PET Lusophone teaching course, venue and dates TBD. Course materials have already been translated into Portuguese.
- Conduct a PET Anglophone teaching course at the 4th AEC pre-congress in Kampala, Uganda- August 2019.
- Conduct a joint IBRO/ ILAE-Africa Anglophone teaching course at the 4th AEC pre-congress in Kampala, Uganda- August 2019.
- To annually support participation of African trainees in Epilepsy distance learning courses (eg. VIREPA, San Servolo) by provision of bursaries.
- Organize regional epilepsy awareness raising campaigns-for English and French speaking countries.
- To establish the Epilepsy research needs on the continent.
- Foster South to South Epilepsy related research collaborations in the region.
- To increase on the number of countries joining the ILAE on the continent.
- To continue the the bi-annual production of the News E-Report “Epilepsy News Africa”.
The NBC is pleased to announce the availability of bursaries for young trainees and investigators with limited financial resources to attend scientific meetings and funding for scientific meetings or workshops relevant to neurobiology of epilepsy.
7 July, 2021
Comment now on four papers prepared by the Task Force on Nosology and Definitions that provide the definitions for the many epilepsy syndromes at various ages. Deadline July 15.
1 July, 2021
Two-Year-Old Cognitive Outcomes in Children of Pregnant Women With Epilepsy in the Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs Study
Outcomes of children at 2 years of age did not differ between children of WWE taking ASMs and children of healthy women.
8 June, 2021
We are saddened to report the death of Alan Richens, recognized internationally for his research and a major driving force behind the impressive developments in the clinical pharmacology of epilepsy which took place in the 70s and the 80s.
7 June, 2021
The Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the ILAE regional elections have been completed. The elected officers of the six Regional Boards for the 2021-2025 term are as follows. The Elections Committee congratulates all the elected officers and wishes them a successful service for the next four years.
25 May, 2021
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