The ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy (GCAE) was launched in the WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland in June 1997 and in Dublin, Ireland of that same year during the 22nd International Epilepsy Congress. The focus of the three partner campaign is on raising awareness and advocacy in epilepsy.
The mission statement of the campaign is:
- To improve the acceptability, treatment, services and prevention of epilepsy world-wide
The objectives of the campaign are:
- To increase public and professional awareness of epilepsy as a universal treatable disorder
- To raise epilepsy to a new plane of acceptability in the public domain
- To promote public and professional education about epilepsy
- To identify the needs of people with epilepsy on a national and regional basis
- To encourage governments and departments of health to address the needs of people with epilepsy including awareness, education, diagnosis, treatment, care, services and prevention.
These statements are in line with the objectives of IBE, ILAE and the WHO.
The strategy of the GCAE includes two parallel and simultaneous tracks: the raising of general awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and supporting Departments of Health in identifying needs and promoting education, training, treatment, services, research and prevention nationally.
Following this strategy, the GCAE provides a framework for concerted action at a global, regional and national level to bring epilepsy ‘out of the shadows’.