November 19, 2020

Approved: “WHO Global Actions on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders”

From the November 2020 International League Against Epilepsy E-Newsletter

ILAE is pleased to announce that on 12th November 2020 during the 73rd World Health Assembly, Member States unanimously approved a Resolution to develop a 10-year Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders.

The Resolution requests that the WHO develop a broad-ranging Ten-year Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders to include action on:

• Expanding universal health coverage to address the current significant gaps in the promotion of physical and mental health, and the prevention, early detection, care, treatment and rehabilitation of epilepsy and other neurological disorders

• Addressing the social, economic, educational and inclusion needs of persons and families living with these diseases

• Strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration with sectors beyond health, particularly education and employment, to promote equal opportunities for people living with epilepsy and/or other neurological disorders and with other sectors to develop more inclusive legislation and address stigma and discrimination

A new name for Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures?

In collaboration with the ILAE PNES Task Force and the Functional Neurological Disorders Society (FNDS), the American Epilepsy Society PNES SIG will host two informative discussions around the name of the disorder most commonly known as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). The intent is to discuss the essential elements for naming a disorder, as well as whether there should be a push for one, rather than many, names.

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