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Today is Wear Purple for Epilepsy Awareness Day

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2023. 3:35 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Today is Wear Purple for Epilepsy Awareness Day, an event separate from International Epilepsy Day which is celebrated in February, but with the similar goal of highlighting the neurological condition which affects over 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes frequent, unprovoked seizures, but also has other mental and physical implications. The unpredictability of the seizures also means the condition is a major barrier to education and employment for those with the condition.

The WHO estimates that around 125,000 deaths related to the condition occur each year. However, treatment is available with up to 70 percent of those affected having the ability to live a seizure-free life; but an estimated over 75 percent of patients do not receive the treatment they need.

The WHO released a technical brief in December 2022, titled “Improving the Lives of People with Epilepsy,” which serves as a guide for nations on how to take an integrated approach to the delivery of epilepsy treatment and care.

While there were no events planned in Belize, those wishing to support the movement can still wear purple today and share information regarding the condition partcularly the fact that people with epilepsy and their families need the support of their communities as stigma is listed as one of the major challenges those with the condition face.

 

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