IBE AFRICA EPILEPSY CONFERENCE 2023
November 20th–21st Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Together, the International Bureau of Epilepsy and African Union are partnering to empower persons with epilepsy to advocate for equal rights and full
participation in society – leveraging global policy frameworks to drive action across the region.
For many years, IBE and its chapters have been working towards ensuring people with epilepsy benefit from international initiatives such as the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring that no one is left
However, we now have a specific global instrument which aims to strengthen the public health approach to epilepsy, and which was unanimously approved
by all member states of the World Health Organization: The World Health Organization’s 10-year Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and
Neurological Disorders 2022-31 (IGAP).
Already, many African governments are considering how IGAP can be domesticated and implemented in their countries.
In line with this policy momentum, IBE has stepped up its advocacy efforts worldwide and is working to equip its organizations and advocates to ensure that
IGAP can be used to drive a transformational social change for people with epilepsy everywhere, including in Africa.
2023, and beyond, mark critical years for the epilepsy movement in Africa. Therefore, this year, IBE is supporting a major portfolio of work in the region.
This includes the roll-out of projects grants in the following categories: Trendsetters, Champions and Small Funds, including dedicated resources for projects
targeting Youth and Women.
IBE will also organize a major three-day conference in Ethiopia with 12 sessions.
Day 1 of the event will bring together the wider regional epilepsy community, policy advocates, human rights institutions, mainstream civil society,
government, development agencies and other NGOs to strategize on IGAP implementation – with a focus on strategic objective 5: Strengthening the Public
Health Approach to Epilepsy, and its associated global targets to close treatment and inclusion gaps. Here, IBE chapters will also have the opportunity to
promote their work, and share best practice and learnings.
Day 2 will bring the community together to look at challenges in accessing healthcare, education and social justice for people with epilepsy in Africa, each
followed by an interactive session exploring advocacy focussed solutions. At the end of the day, a regional Call to Action for 2024 will be launched based on
input gathered during these earlier sessions –Call to Action to Eradicate Epilepsy Stigma in Africa.
Participating in this two-day IBE workshop will offer attendees an opportunity to:
- Avail of peer-to-peer support and engage in shared learning with advocates/organization who share common challenges
- Network with the wider epilepsy community from across the African Continent
- Raise the profile of your organization and its achievements with a broader audience
- Meet IBE senior leaders and share your views on unmet needs and priorities in Africa
- Garner a greater understanding of IGAP and develop roadmaps for its implementation
- Contribute to the development of a shared Call to Action for Africa 2024
- Build skills and knowledge in areas of advocacy, awareness raising, resource mobilization and evidence generation/use.