Onchocerciasis-Associated Epilepsy


A high prevalence of Nodding syndrome (NS) and other forms of epilepsy has been observed in onchocerciasis endemic regions in Africa for decades. To improve the quality of life of affected patients and families there is an urgent need to unravel the relationship between these epileptic disorders and onchocerciasis (river blindness), and to design treatment and prevention strategies. Furthermore, organisations and researchers involved in ochocerciasis control/research and those involved in treatment/research of epilepsy need to join forces.