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major new initiative to address the public health aspects of epilepsy, including social aspects, involving a partnership between the League (professional), the Bureau (patients/public) and WHO (political). The ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy was launched from Geneva and Dublin in the summer of 1997. Its objectives include raising political and public awareness of epilepsy, reducing stigma and misunderstanding, improving education, and especially the delivery of services, treatment and care to millions of people with epilepsy, mainly in developing countries, where studies have shown that between 60% and 90% of patients have no access to modern treatment, the so-called “treatment gap”, despite the availability of relatively cheap medication (27). Following the first phase of political and public awareness raising (1997–2001), the then Director-General of WHO, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, launched the second phase of the Campaign from Geneva and raised its status to the highest level within WHO, the first neurological disorder to be accorded this priority (3). Demonstration Projects
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  • Fall '15
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