Epilepsy care guidelines for low- and middle- income countries: From WHO mental health GAP to national programs.

TitleEpilepsy care guidelines for low- and middle- income countries: From WHO mental health GAP to national programs.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKatchanov J, Birbeck GL
JournalBMC medicine
Volume10
Issue1
Pagination107
Date Published2012 Sep 24
ISSN1741-7015
Abstract

In 2011, the World Health Organization's (WHO) mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) released evidence-based epilepsy care guidelines for use in low and middle income countries (LAMICs). From a geographical, socio-cultural, and political perspective, LAMICs represent a heterogenous group with significant differences in the epidemiology, etiology and perceptions of epilepsy. Successful implementation of the guidelines requires local adaptation for use within individual countries. For effective implementation and sustainability, the sense of ownership and empowerment must be transferred from the global health authorities to the local people. Socio-cultural and financial barriers that impede the implementation of the guidelines should be identified and ameliorated. Impact assessment and program revisions should be planned and budgeted for. If effectively implemented, as intended, at the primary care level, the mhGAP guidelines have the potential to facilitate a substantial reduction in the epilepsy treatment gap and improve the quality of epilepsy care in resource limited settings.

DOI10.1186/1741-7015-10-107
Alternate JournalBMC Med