INTERNATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY
Every year on the second Monday of February, International Epilepsy Day raises awareness about epilepsy. The day also focuses on epilepsy education and promotes ways to ensure all who need treatment receives it.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that is marked by episodes of sensory disturbances and convulsions called seizures. Abnormal electrical activity in the brain causes these seizures. Strokes, head injuries, genetic conditions, brain damage, and brain tumors are all known causes of the condition.
About 50 million people around the world have epilepsy. It is one of the most common neurological conditions across the globe. In some parts of the world, people with epilepsy face stigma and discrimination. Those with epilepsy may also face barriers to education and employment. Some people who have epileptic seizures are not allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery. Epilepsy can have a profound effect on one’s life in other ways. Because seizures can be unpredictable, many who have it are unable to do things, like going swimming, by themselves. This can make those with epilepsy feel isolated. The condition can also take a toll on their mental health.
With the proper diagnosis and treatment, up to 70% of people with epilepsy could live without seizures. Anti-seizure medication is relatively inexpensive. Despite this fact, about three-quarters of people with epilepsy in low-income countries do not receive the treatment they need. In many low and middle-income countries, anti-seizure medication is not widely available.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalEpilepsyDay
Many health organizations take part in this day. There is even an epilepsy mascot: a seahorse named Campi. Events include an art competition, informative presentations, and special speakers. Those who have epilepsy or who have family members with the condition are encouraged to share their stories with others.
Learn more about epilepsy and the importance of treatment for those who have it.
Reach out and encourage someone you know who has epilepsy.
Share your story on social media.
Research famous people with epilepsy including Theodore Roosevelt, Danny Glover, Prince, Neil Young, and Susan Boyle.
Help spread awareness for the day by sharing #InternationalEpilepsyDay on social media.
INTERNATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY HISTORY
The International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) created International Epilepsy Day. The day has been observed since 2015. Today, more than 120 countries celebrate the day.
14 February 2022
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14 February 2028
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11 February 2030