Strategy for Creating National Epilepsy Plans Approved

With the support of the Pan American Health Organization, the countries from the Region of the Americas will work on the creation of national programs to deal with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, of which 5 million live in the Americas.

The delegations from the Member States of PAHO approved today the Strategy and Plan of Action on Epilepsy during the 51st Directing Council.

The aim of the strategy is the creation of national epilepsy programs, which currently exist in only 10 countries in the region. The goal is to double the number of existing programs by 2015 and triple by 2020.

With this resolution PAHO’s Directing Council recognizes this disease as a priority and will help strengthen the sector’s response to this health problem, with special emphasis on primary health care.

The strategy will seek to further reduce existing treatment gaps. In Latin America and the Caribbean, over 50% of people with epilepsy do not have access to health services.

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