At the 73th Session of the World Health Assembly in November 2020, Member States unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for scaled-up and integrated action on epilepsy and other neurological disorders and asked that a global action plan be developed for consideration at the 75th Session of the World Health Assembly.

The Resolution requests that the WHO develop a broad-ranging ten-year Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders to include action on:

  • Expanding universal health coverage to address the current significant gaps in the promotion of physical and mental health, and the prevention, early detection, care, treatment and rehabilitation of epilepsy and other neurological disorders
  • Addressing the social, economic, educational and inclusion needs of persons and families living with these diseases
  • Strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration with sectors beyond health, particularly education and employment, to promote equal opportunities for people living with epilepsy and/or other neurological disorders and with other sectors to develop more inclusive legislation and address stigma and discrimination.

Statement of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)

WHA resolution calls for integrated action on epilepsy and other neurological disorders

WHO report „Epilepsy: a public health imperative“