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10th Edition of International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders

October 21-23, 2024

October 21 -23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
INBC 2019

Boulenour Mesraoua

Speaker at Neurology Conferences - Boulenour Mesraoua
Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar
Title : Epilepsy in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region


MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region extends from Morocco to Iran; in MENA , studies on epilepsy are lacking ; only 2 surveys examined epidemiology and neurology training programs in  this  vaste geographic area


1) Describe the available data on Epilepsy in the Mena 2) compare those findings to similar  data from neighboring ,and advanced countries and 3) give recommendations on future research on epilepsy in MENA

Material and Methods

This study was made possible through a 1) literature search to identify articles published from 1980 to December 2017 on epidemiology, Causes ,treatment modalities of epilepsy , as well as epilepsy research in Mena and 2) Additionnel  data from  surveys ,emails  and phone interviews of leading neurologists/epileptologists in  the  Area


More than 2 millions people with epilepsy(PWE)live in MENA ,with a population estimated at 355 millions; number of neurologists varies from 0.05/100.000 to 2,3/100.000 ;Most of neurologists based in large cities ;significant shortages of trained healthcare physicians, especially at primary care level(lack of knowledge about epilepsy );Nine countries out of 20 have prevalence data on Epilepsy (from 0.9/1000 in Sudan to 11/1000 in Morocco) ; epilepsy incidence is reported only from 3 countries….. Five countries out of 20 have data on the causes of epilepsy: high proportion of epilepsies of genetic origin (high consanguinity 30 to 54%); Neurocysticercosis in eastern part of the MENA and Onchocerciasis in Sudan (Nodding Syndrome) are also important causes of Epilepsy .Use of AEDs are reported from 5 countries. Surgical treatment of Epilepsy  is  uncommon in MENA;6 countries provide data on traditional practice in Epilepsy .Finally there is only one recent Indexed Epilepsy Journal generated in MENA (Nameej , North African and Middle East Epilepsy journal ,from Morocco)


There is still an insufficient number of neurologists in the MENA, and an urgent need  for further epilepsy  research ,particularly  epidemiological research ,in order to have an accurate idea about the burden of epilepsy in this vaste Region


Dr Boulenouar Mesraoua is Consultant Neurologist at Hamad General Hospital and Associate Pr of Clinical Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College –Qatar; After a Medical Graduation from the University of Oran in Algeria, Dr Mesraoua moved to Belgium, the City of Liege, for a Residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology; after getting the Belgian Board of Neurology (with high marks), he went to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London, UK, for a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, under Pr  Willison ; Dr Mesraoua had also further training in Epilepsy and Continuous EEG Monitoring for two years in the Neurophysiology department of Zurich ,Switzerland ,under Pr HG Wieser ,an internationally known clinical epileptologist .