Demonstration Projects illustrate good practice in providing services to people with epilepsy and will be used as models of what can be achieved.
The aims of Demonstration Projects are to:
Reduce the treatment gap and the social and physical burden of epilepsy
Educate health personnel
Eradicate preventable causes of epilepsy
Develop models for promotion of epilepsy control world wide
Integrate epilepsy care in health systems
In general terms, each Demonstration Project has four aspects:
- assessing whether knowledge and attitudes of the population are adequate, correcting misinformation and increasing awareness of epilepsy and how it can be treated (Educational and social intervention);
- assessing the number of people with epilepsy and estimating how many of them are appropriately treated (Epidemiological assessment and case-finding);
- ensuring that people with epilepsy are properly served by health personnel equipped for their task (Service delivery and intervention);
- analysing the outcome and preparing recommendations for those who wish to apply the findings to the improvement of epilepsy care in their own and in other countries (Outcome measurement).
- The ultimate goal of the Demonstration Projects is the development of a variety of successful models of epilepsy control that will be integrated into the health care systems of the participating countries and regions and, finally, applied on a global level.