Latin American Conference on Epilepsy in Quito


On November 14-17, Ecuador hosted the VII Latin American Conference on Epilepsy that was sponsored by the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). The event served as a framework for the public and official presentation of the Cooperation Agreement between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), ILAE and IBE, established to jointly support the implementation of the Strategy and Plan of Action on Epilepsy -approved by PAHO Directing Council in September 2011.

Jorge Rodríguez, PAHO/WHO Senior Advisor on Mental Health; Salomon L. Moshe, ILAE’s President; and IBE’s President, Mike Glynn, participated in the opening panel and presented the Agreement. They were accompanied by: Patricio Abad, President of the Congress Organizing Committee; Carlos Acevedo (IBE); and Marco T. Medina (ILAE). Celia Riera, PAHO/WHO Representative in Ecuador, was also present at the event. 

There were two other activities: a workshop on the current situation of the Strategy and Plan of Action on Epilepsy at the country level, and the perspectives on its implementation; and a PAHO-ILAE-IBE Task Force meeting to discuss an agreement-based joint work plan for 2013. The authorities and Conference participants celebrated PAHO Strategy and the signed Agreement as regional milestones in the field of epilepsy.