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 the public and professional awareness of epilepsy as a universal treatable brain disorder
- to raise epilepsy on 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
The Strategy of the Campaign includes two parallel and simultaneous tracks:
- raising public and political awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and encouraging and supporting Departments of Health in identifying needs and promoting education, training, treatment, services, research, and prevention nationally.
The Campaign includes inter-related global, regional and national components. WHO has six regional offices that are closely integrated with the Geneva Headquarters. The League and the Bureau have their own regional structures and activities that can interact with WHO at regional levels. Ultimately the global and regional activities of the Campaign are designed to stimulate, encourage and assist national governments and epilepsy organisations to develop their own Out of the Shadows Campaigns, based on their own local knowledge of the problems and solutions for people with epilepsy.
The Campaigns ultimate objective is to ensure that governments and health care providers place epilepsy on the health and development agenda in order to formulate and implement costeffective responses to epilepsy. The indicators of its success will be the proportion of targeted countries that have implemented reforms in epilepsy care and the number of countries that have increased their budget for epilepsy care.