Authors: Alice Weatherston
“Just in terms of life years lost from sudden unexpected death, epilepsy ranks second only to stroke among major neurological diseases. Health care and research agendas at the global, regional and national level clearly need to recognize and take into account the seriousness of epilepsy and its consequences. We need joint efforts to ensure that resources are made available for alleviating the social, medical and economic burden borne by those who suffer from a disease that is among the most treatable brain diseases,” explained Raad Shakir (WFN). “There is a lack of awareness in the public and among decision-makers about the severe consequences for the individuals concerned, their families and societies,” he continued.
“Epilepsy has never received the attention commensurate to its burden,” commented Mohammad Wasay (WFN). The WFN believe that this campaign is a call-to-action to decision-makers globally to incorporate neurological conditions such as epilepsy into more of their healthcare agendas.
Find out more about World Brain Day and the burden of epilepsy by reading our exclusive commentary from Wolfgang Grisold, Secretary General and Treasurer of the World Federation of Neurology and taking a look at our infographic of key stats below.