Harkin marks International Epilepsy Day in Europe
2016-02-15 16:06:05 -

By Staff Reporter


Independent MEP Marian Harkin launched a poster exhibition in Strasbourg to mark International Epilepsy Day on Monday 8 February.

Referring to the day’s 206 theme ‘Epilepsy is more than seizures’, the MEP for the Midlands–North-West said: “This theme highlights the fact that the stigma and discrimination associated with epilepsy can be more difficult to deal with than the illness itself. 

“Discrimination can affect every aspect of a sufferer’s life including employment, education, insurance and social exclusion.”

Harkin noted that a sub-theme for this year’s event is ‘yes I can’. “The idea is to illustrate how many people who suffer with epilepsy can still live their lives and achieve many successes despite having to struggle not only with epilepsy but also with stigma and discrimination.

“Epilepsy is a treatable condition and 70 per cent of people with epilepsy can have their seizures controlled by medication, yet up to 40 per cent of people with epilepsy do not receive appropriate treatment,” she added.

“It is important that further funding from Horizon 2020 is directed towards further research in the area of epilepsy. There are six million people in the EU with epilepsy and any further progress in regard to care and cure will make a significant positive difference to their lives.”

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