Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kenya to host first African Epilepsy Conference

By Meluse Kapatamoyo
Come June 21 to 23, 2012, The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) will host the first African Epilepsy Congress in Nairobi, Kenya.
More than 40 speakers will present a range of topics over the three day period on recent scientific and clinical developments in epilepsy.

The conference is a firm commitment by African countries to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy through support of education, research, knowledge dissemination and patient care.

The conference, among others, will focus on diagnosis, management and special epilepsy populations, as well as addressing management gap and research in Africa. The way forward in the African Region and primary healthcare will also be tackled.

Zambia will be represented by Anthony Zimba, Epilepsy Association of Zambia President who is also the IBE Africa region vice president.
Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national nor geographical boundaries says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
It estimates that there over 50 million sufferers in the world today and of that number, 85 percent live in developing countries. Globally, an estimated 2.4 million new cases occur each year.

1 comment:

Boyd said...

Hi Meluse,

I know there is an epilepsy association in Zambia but we have not heard much about the activities the association is involved in. The only time we hear about them is when they are commemorating the epilepsy day. Nevertheless, it is with a strong belief that I write, that one day epilepsy will receive the much needed attention it deserves like many other conditions. A genuine and solid commitment from poilicy makers will make a differnce in th elives of our brotehrs and sisters with epilepsy.