International Epilepsy Day in Europe

Published: February 7, 2016
Categories: Health, Employment, News Article

Monday, February 8th is International Epilepsy Day and earlier this week in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Independent MEP Marian Harkin launched a poster exhibition to mark the event. Referring to the theme for 2016 ‘Epilepsy is more than seizures’, she said:- “This theme highlights the fact that the stigma and discrimination associated with epilepsy can be more difficult to deal with than the illness itself. Discrimination can affect every aspect of a sufferer´s life including employment, education, insurance and social exclusion.

Referring to the theme for 2016 ‘Epilepsy is more than seizures’, she said:- “This theme highlights the fact that the stigma and discrimination associated with epilepsy can be more difficult to deal with than the illness itself. Discrimination can affect every aspect of a sufferer´s life including employment, education, insurance and social exclusion.

'A sub theme for 2016 is ‘yes I can’ and the idea is to illustrate how many people who suffer with epilepsy can still live their lives and achieve many successes despite having to struggle not only with epilepsy but also with stigma and discrimination.

'Epilepsy is a treatable condition and 70% of people with epilepsy can have their seizures controlled by medication yet up to 40% of people with epilepsy do not receive appropriate treatment. It is important that further funding from Horizon 2020 is directed towards further research in the area of epilepsy. There are 6 million people in the EU with epilepsy and any further progress in regard to care and cure will make a significant positive difference to their lives' Marian Harkin concluded.