Joint Project of: Ministry of Health Honduras – Pan American Health Organization / Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas (PAHO/WHO)
ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy
Epilepsy is recognized as a public health problem worldwide. This disorder mostly affects developing countries where the problem is exacerbated due to poor health delivery systems, lack of access to drugs and medication and social factors. A strategy needs to be defined that allows health authorities and the community to improve services and the quality of life of patients affected by epilepsy.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) have created the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy in an effort to bring epilepsy out of the shadows through the creation of educational programs and community interventions. Demonstration Projects have been carried out in several developing countries, including China, Senegal and Brazil, and positive results, such as the reduction in the treatment and diagnosis gap, have opened the way for further investigations on epilepsy so that morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder can be reduced (14-21).
This project is geared toward developing a strategy based on primary care that will reduce the diagnostic and therapeutic gap of epilepsy in the Municipality of Juticalpa, Department of Olancho, Honduras and integrate epilepsy management into the existing primary health care system in order to assess its applicability at the country level.
Juticalpa (Department of Olancho), Honduras