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International Epilepsy Day 2023

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February 10, 2023

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disease affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide. It affects both men and women, regardless of race, ethnicity and age.

The causes of epilepsy can be structural, genetic, infectious, metabolic, or immune. The underlying cause is unknown in about 50% of cases.

There are several forms of epilepsy. Epilepsy of the frontal lobe mainly affects young people (80% of patients are under 20 years of age), whereas epilepsy of the temporal lobe is more common in adults.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 80% of people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries, and 70% of people living with epilepsy may not experience seizures if properly diagnosed and treated. The mortality rate of people with epilepsy is three times higher than that of the general population.

The World Health Organization Global Action Plan

  • Raise policy prioritization and strengthen governance
  • Provide effective, timely and responsive diagnosis, treatment and care
  • Implement strategies for promotion and prevention
  • Foster research and innovation and strengthen information systems
  • Strengthen the public health approach to epilepsy.

International Epilepsy Day

International Epilepsy Day is an event organized by the WHO, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau of Epilepsy (IBE) to “bring epilepsy out of the shadows”. Every second Monday in February, this annual campaign, which takes place in more than 140 countries, aims to raise awareness about epilepsy and its impact on individuals, families, and communities around the world.

In 2023, International Epilepsy Day focuses on the stigma faced by people with epilepsy. For many people, this stigma—often due to misconceptions and prejudices—is harder to manage than the disease itself.

Events organized for International Epilepsy Day: February 13, 2023

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