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"Eighty per cent of people with epilepsy have no access to treatment" - World Health Organisation

5 September, 2006

Worldwide, the majority of people with epilepsy have no access to treatment, said World Health Organization country representative Stella Anyangwe this week, interviewed by the Times of Zambia about the country's national epilepsy day.

She said the situation in many African countries was made worse by a poor health care system with a lack of qualified staff.

"Around
50 million people in the world have epilepsy at any one time," she
said, urging society not to stigmatise the condition. "They suffer more
from the ill-informed attitudes and social stigma than the epilepsy
itself."