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World Health Organization (WHO)’s Intersectoral Global Action Plan (IGAP); implications for Asian and African countries

Published:November 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2022.120499
      On May 27, 2022, the 75th World Health Assembly adopted the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders 2022–2031 (IGAP) [
      Draft Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders 2022–2031… [Internet].
      ]. IGAP demonstrates the WHO's prioritization of brain health over the next decade. This action plan will guide numerous countries in developing their national policies and eventually lead to better access to treatment. It intends to focus highly on the recovery of patients with a neurological disorder and on the reduction of associated deaths and disabilities due to these conditions. The primary purpose is to help promote human rights and address the stigma that many people with neurological disorders face. This action was vital because neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability and second leading cause of death worldwide [
      Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.
      ]. *More than one in three people will have a brain disorder in their lifetime, which may be preventable [
      • Feigin V.L.
      • Vos T.
      • Nichols E.
      • Owolabi M.O.
      • Carroll W.M.
      • Dichgans M.
      • et al.
      The global burden of neurological disorders: translating evidence into policy.
      ]. The IGAP places brain disorders as a priority for policy makers. It will help neurology be prioritized in national policies especially in low and low-middle-income countries that are disproportionately affected by neurological diseases.

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