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”.
Read the latest ILAE-Africa bulletin to find out about recent achievements and events as well as goals for the 2017-2021 term in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Malia, and the Ivory Coast, as well as upcoming activities and events for 2019.
15 April, 2019
The Japanese Epilepsy Society has held annual exhibitions of Art Around Epilepsy since 2016 to provide opportunities for people to be exposed to the visual scenes of patients with epilepsy and those involved, as well as to become better acquainted with and gain an accurate understanding of epilepsy. This artwork has now been compiled into a pdf available for free download.
10 April, 2019
Dr Priscilla Mante from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana was one of 15 International Rising Talents and the only African award recipient. She is also the first recipient of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent Award from her institution.
New funding opportunity for young trainees and investigators with limited financial resources to attend scientific meetings, workshops or other training opportunities that promise to advance their research career. The bursaries will cover travel expenses to a maximum of $2,000 per applicant to attend a scientific or training activity.
2 April, 2019
Starting ketamine for neuroprotection earlier than its current use as an anesthetic/antiepileptic drug late in refractory status epilepticus
We propose that ketamine be started early in the course of human status epilepticus as a neuroprotectant and that it be continued until epileptic discharges are eliminated.
6 March, 2019
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