Global Health and Epilepsy: Update and Future Directions

Mary C. Spiciarich, Jane R. von Gaudecker, Laura Jurasek, Dave F. Clarke, Jorge Burneo, Jorge Vidaurre

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Purpose of Review: Efforts to improve epilepsy care outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are occurring through global health work. Despite an increase in these efforts, several barriers exist and a significant epilepsy treatment gap remains. This paper will review barriers to epilepsy care in LMICs and summarize recent published and unpublished data about global health projects which aimed to improve epilepsy care in these regions, focusing on work in the past 5 years. Recent Findings: There are multiple recent and ongoing projects including clinical, research, education, and advocacy programs. Summary: We conclude that collaborative efforts are necessary in order to develop long-term and sustainable projects. The creation of a database and a formal method of communication between stakeholders can contribute to improving the efficiency and impact of global health efforts in epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalCurrent neurology and neuroscience reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019


  • Disparity
  • Epilepsy
  • Global health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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