Epilepsy in developing countries. Workshop. Heemstede NLD, 1993/06/25.
Epilepsy occurs everywhere in the world.
In many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, however, the frequency of the phenomenon of epilepsy is higher than in Western countries.
In this paper I will briefly outline the medical-anthropological context of epilepsy among the Bassa and Kpelle in isolated rural areas in the tropical rainforest in Liberia.
The prevalence rate among children and youngsters in the area of study is extremely high ; the risks of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) are often severe or mortal if no adequate treatment is offered.
Furthermore, fear and shame are important factors in stigmatizing and isolating those who have epilepsy.
Together with the people of study I established an epilepsy care project within the limits of culture and human possibilities, and without a clinical setting.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epilepsie, Programme sanitaire, Soin santé primaire, Libéria, Afrique, Homme, Milieu rural, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epilepsy, Sanitary program, Primary health care, Liberia, Africa, Human, Rural environment, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder
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Code Inist : 002B17A03. Création : 199501.