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The quality of life and inequalities in health services for epilepsy treatment among patience in the urban cities of Sudan

Editorial letter
Authors Muwada Bashir Awad Bashir
Samuel Nambile Cumber
Published in Pan African Medical Journal
Volume 33
ISSN 1937-8688
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Language en
Keywords Epilepsy, patients, quality of life, inequalities, Sudan
Subject categories Medical Biotechnology, Basic Medicine, Health Sciences


Epilepsy in Sudan accounts for 1.6 annual mortality rates and 238.7 disability adjusted life years per 100 000. These figures are higher among females; children and young adults. It is associated with notable stigma and social burdens. Patients of epilepsy are subjected to various forms of social discrimination that affect their quality of life. They are isolated, neglected and deprived of their education and employments rights and not able to achieve normal social and family life. Aiming at highlighting social implications of epilepsy among Sudanese patients, this study found that social encumbrances due to epilepsy in Sudan are more prevalent among highly vulnerable groups like women, children and poor populations living in remote areas. Lack of trained medical personnel in neurology and the medical equipment's required for proper diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in Sudan are key reasons aggravating social and health burden of epilepsy both among patients and their caregivers.

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