The scientific sessions form the main part of the congress. The programme covers topics that are highly relevant within the African region and further afield and provide a flavour of the latest research in the field of epilepsy. Sessions will feature presentations from leaders in the discipline, including lectures by world-renowned experts.

The Scientific and Organising Committee is working to create an appealing and diverse programme from the numerous proposals submitted by ILAE and IBE Chapters and other experts.


Treatment gap

  • The epilepsy treatment gap in Africa
  • Interventions to reduce the treatment gap
  • Implementing a new primary health care model to reduce the epilepsy treatment gap in Mozambique
  • Raising public awareness of epilepsy in Africa

Epilepsy through the ages

  • Infantile spasms; optimising diagnosis and management
  • The challenge of the early onset epilepsies
  • Psychological comorbidities of children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The role of transition programmes for epilepsy in Africa

The challenges of management

  • Making a diagnosis – what is required?
  • Has success of treatment changed over time?
  • PNES – detection and tips for treatment
  • The role of the clinical officer in the management of epilepsy

Epilepsy, society and cultural aspects

  • Media representation of epilepsy
  • Traditional treatments
  • Role of community and government leaders


  • Challenges from the treatment and education gaps in epilepsy in low, middle and high income countries
  • A credit-based certificate program in epileptology: proposal from the Education Task Force (ILAE)

Capacity building and creating alliances in Africa

  • WHA68.20 and the Global Epilepsy Report
  • Working with the African Union to improve epilepsy policies and services in Africa  –
  • Working with governments to improve epilepsy care
  • Creating alliances with other organisations

Prevention is better than cure

  • Perinatal risk factors and the epilepsies
  • Head injury
  • Onchocerca volvulus, the unrecognised cause of the large burden of epilepsy in Africa
  • Neurocysticercosis and epilepsy

Current translational and clinical research – implications for patient care

  • Cestode larvae in the brain: investigating cellular mechanisms of neurocysticercosis
  • Infectious and inflammatory contribution to epilepsy development – epidemiological and clinical aspects
  • Advances in epilepsy genetics – derived concepts for clinical care of patients
  • Cortical dysplasias – diagnostic and treatment strategies

Epilepsy in the community

  • Misconceptions and stigma reduction interventions in SSA
  • Epilepsy project in Nigeria
  • Rural epilepsy challenges and initiatives

ILAE Young Epilepsy Section (ILAE-YES) Town Hall Meeting

  • Introducing YES to Africa: What is YES – why and how to get involved?
  • Opportunities for young clinicians and researchers in Africa; and Q&A session

Innovations for Africa

  • The ketogenic diet – when and how
  • Establishing an epilepsy surgery programme
  • How can technology play a role in resource poor settings
  • Taking management to the patient

Social inclusion of persons with epilepsy

  • Social inclusion
  • Promoting human rights
  • Income and employment strategies
  • Shame and resistance

IBE Symposium / Training session

ILAE Commission on Paediatrics – Research advocacy workshop