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 first stage of the election for the next ILAE Executive Committee (2021-2025 term) is the election of the President. Each Chapter will submit one ballot only, voting for one candidate only. Individuals cannot vote, but members of Chapters are encouraged to contact their committee and inform them of their preferred candidate.
17 February, 2020
The Roman Colosseum was bathed in purple for,International Epilepsy Day. This day is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the ILAE and is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year.
11 February, 2020
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) invites applicants and nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief of its Wikipedia Epilepsy Project.
4 February, 2020
Assessment of the Predictive Value of Outpatient Smartphone Videos for Diagnosis of Epileptic Seizures
This study provides class II evidence demonstrating the high accuracy of smartphone videography and validates its value as an adjunct to routine history and physical examination. JAMA Neurology. January21, 2020.doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4785
22 January, 2020
Mark your calendar! International Epilepsy Day is a global event celebrated annually on the 2nd Monday of February, to promote awareness of epilepsy. With IBE and ILAE representation in more than 120 countries, this is a powerful opportunity to highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers, in every region of the world.
15 January, 2020
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