A Day For Everyone

International Epilepsy Day, a joint initiative created by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), is a global event celebrated annually on the 2nd Monday of February, to promote awareness on epilepsy right around the world. With IBE and ILAE representation in more than 120 countries, this is a powerful opportunity to highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers, in every region of the world.

This is a day for everyone and every organization:-

  • no matter where you are
  • no matter how small your group or how wide your geographical spread
  • no matter whether your focus is on the medical or on the social aspects of the disease

International Epilepsy Day is the opportunity for all stakeholders to join together and speak with one global voice. The objectives for International Epilepsy Day are:

  • to raise awareness of the disease at international and government level as well as in the general public
  • to strengthen the epilepsy movement by uniting epilepsy associations in a worldwide campaign
  • to raise visibility on epilepsy and encourage discussion about epilepsy
  • to provide epilepsy associations with a significant fundraising opportunity

While International Epilepsy Day celebrations vary from region to region, with cultural, geographical and climatic circumstances all impacting on activities, the common thread is the desire to highlight epilepsy and to bring attention to the need for better awareness and understanding, appropriate legislation, improved diagnosis and treatment services, and increased research in order to better the lives of all those affected by epilepsy.

This is your day, to celebrate how you will. Any activity, no matter how small, when combined with the efforts of individuals, groups and associations around the world, will collectively impact on how epilepsy is viewed. What you do to mark the day, in your own way, with the resources available to you, will make a difference to the 65 million people in the world who are living with epilepsy.

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