Epilepsy and Mental Health in Western Africa

Epilepsy Research- Congo

A 2015 study of Epilepsy in DRC concluded there is a high prevalence of epilepsy in Lubumbashi and highlighted there is an important treatment gap. The treatment gap is much higher in rural areas and maybe related to inadequate access to appropriate healthcare.
People with Epilepsy are more likely to consult a traditional healer for their condition than a medical professional. The authors point out there is an important and immediate need for health education programs and community outreach about the causes of epilepsy and the availability of treatment in order to reduce stigma.
Prevalence of River Epilepsy in the Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”
“Increased epilepsy prevalence in an endemic focus of onchocerciasis of the Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and whether nodding syndrome was part of the clinical spectrum of epilepsy in this area. The study area was chosen because of medical observations reporting cases with nodding syndrome like clinical manifestations in two districts of the Orientale Province, namely the Ituri and the Bas-Uélé district.”
Prevalence of River Epilepsy in the Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Citation: Colebunders R, Tepage F, Rood E, Mandro M, Abatih EN, Musinya G, et al. (2016) Prevalence of River Epilepsy in the Orientale Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(5): e0004478. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004478
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