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Keywords:

  • Epidemiology;
  • Medical assessment;
  • Therapeutic aspects;
  • Program for action

Summary: On June 6th and 7th, 1996, an international workshop on specific aspects of epilepsy in the developing world was organized in Geneva by the chairman of the ILAE Commission of Epilepsy in Developing Countries, P. Jallon, involving members of the ILAE, the World Health Organization (WHO), and a network of people who work with epilepsy patients in developing countries. Those taking part included all the members of the ILAE Commission on Epilepsy in Developing Countries, the chairmen of the ILAE Commissions on Tropical Diseases, Epidemiology, Education, Economics, and Drugs, as well as the president, treasurer, and past president of the ILAE; and the president of the IBE, Hanneke de Boer. There were representatives from Eastern European countries (Russia, Slovenia, Turkey), South America (Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Venezuela), Africa (Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia), and Asia (India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and China). Representatives from WHO joined the meeting on the last day (Drs. L. Prilipko, A. Janca, and C. L. Bolis).

Three major topics were considered—epidemiology, medical assessment, and therapeutic aspects as well as some economic and social aspects of the disease. A second mission of this meeting was to work with WHO representatives to develop a program for action to care for people with epilepsy in these countries.