The Epilepsy Care Gap

The WHO has highlighted the “unacceptably high” epilepsy treatment gap in a new report calling for solutions rooted in primary care.

Epilepsy treatments exist that can cost as little as $5 a year through primary health systems, and can spare 70% of people with the condition from seizures. But in low-income countries, 3 quarters of epilepsy patients do not get the necessary treatment, compounding their already-elevated risk of premature death from the condition.

But as pilot programs from Ghana to Burma have shown, when political will is in place, primary care solutions can drastically expand access and save lives.

WHO (news release)


 

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