ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy: A partnership that works

Hanneke M. De Boer, Solomon L. Moshé, Saul R. Korey, Dominick P. Purpura

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Purpose of Review: Epilepsy can hijack the lives of many persons of all ages. It is an unpredictable disease that can manifest itself in seizures, brain damage and cognitive and psychiatric disabilities, although some people with epilepsy can have a relatively normal life. People with epilepsy are among the most vulnerable in any society because the disease is misunderstood and often stigmatizing. Thus, many patients and their families are reluctant to admit that they suffer from epilepsy. This in turn affects public policy in terms of patient care, early diagnosis, medical research, advocacy, cure and their very lives. Purpose of Review: A survey to evaluate the results of Global Campaign Against Epilepsy activities on a national level was performed in 2009. Data from the demonstration projects have already changed the public policies in several countries. Summary: On the occasion of the launch of phase II of the Campaign, the WHO Director General stated: 'The collaboration between the IBE, ILAE and WHO has shown that when people with different backgrounds and roles come together with a shared purpose, creativity is released and expertise is used in innovative and constructive ways'. Indeed, this partnership led to many activities and all over the world to many people 'standing up for epilepsy'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy
  • International Bureau for Epilepsy
  • International League Against Epilepsy
  • WHO
  • demonstration projects
  • epilepsy
  • treatment gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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