Written by: Dr. Hubert Barennes, Dr. Peter Odermatt
with the collaboration of: Professor Chong Tin Tan, Professor Pierre-Marie Preux, Dr. Duc-Si Tran, Assoc Professor Kongsap, Dr Valy Kelouangkhot, Dr Philaysack Naphayvong
In Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (Lao RDP), as in many developing countries epilepsy is a neglected chronic condition. Since 2003 the Francophone Institute of Tropical Medicine (IFMT, Vientiane, Lao PDR) (1) (www.ifmt.org) and the Institut d’Epidémiologie Neurologique et de Neurologie Tropicale (IENT, Limoges, France) in close collaboration Lao Institutions such as the National Institute of Tropical Health (NIOPH), Ministry of Health (MOH), and provincial and district health authorities, and with the financial support of a research grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (project CORUS number 02-811-052) have carried out several studies on epilepsy and people living with epilepsy (PWE) in Lao PDR. The overall aim was to build up the scientific bases for guiding an appropriate future intervention.
This recent work has lead to considerable understanding of this neglected condition, and provides sufficient information for an adequate launch of an intervention.
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