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Epilepsy Curr. 2010 Jul;10(4):75-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1535-7511.2010.01362.x.

Epilepsy care in developing countries: part I of II.

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Epilepsy Care Team, Chikankata Hospital,Mazabuka, Zambia, Gretchen.birbeck@hc.msu.edu

Abstract

Although 80% of people with epilepsy reside in resource poor, developing countries, epilepsy care in these regions remains limited and the majority of epilepsy patients go untreated. Cost-effective, sustainable epilepsy care services, delivering first-line antiepileptic drugs through established primary health care facilities, are needed to decrease these treatment gaps. Neurologists with local experience and knowledge of the culture, who are willing to serve as educators, policy advisors, and advocates, can make a difference. This is Part I of a two-part article. Part I reviews the burden of epilepsy and the current state of resources for treatment in developing countries, while Part II (to be published in Epilepsy Currents issue 10.5) will provide an "Overview of Care" in these countries.

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