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WHO releases first global report on epilepsy

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The WHO (Geneva, Switzerland) has collaborated with the International League Against Epilepsy (TX, USA) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (Dublin, Ireland) to publish a report on the global burden of epilepsy and what can be done to improve the lives of those living with the neurological disease.

The majority of people with epilepsy live in low- and mid-income countries in which access to treatment is limited.

“The treatment gap for epilepsy is unacceptably high, when we know that 70% of people with the condition can be seizure-free when they have access to medicines that can cost as little as US$5 per year and can be delivered through primary health systems,” explained Tarun Dua (WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse).

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