Treatment gap and social stigma, the biggest barriers for those with epilepsy
Need to remove misconceptions and myths associated with the condition
New Delhi, 17th November 2017: About 80% of those with epilepsy live in low and middle-income countries, as per reports by a global health body(WHO). Over 50 million people around the world suffer from this condition and about three-fourth of these live in low- and middle-income countries. The ‘treatment gap’ and the social stigma associated with the disorder in India further exacerbate conditions for people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of brain characterized by recurrent ‘seizures’ or ‘fits’. The seizures are caused due to sudden, excessive electrical discharges in the neurons (brain cells). The condition can affect people at any age and each age group has unique concerns and problems.