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Epilepsy affects patients around the world; however, the same care is not received by all patients. Patients with epilepsy living in lower income countries do not have access to the same extensive diagnostics and treatment options that are offered in more affluent areas. What can be done to prevent these treatment discrepancies? Three epilepsy experts discussed this topic and what is being accomplished around the world at the American Epilepsy Society conference during the “Global Health in Epilepsy Get Involved!” special interest group. This group, which presented on Friday, December 2, 2016, included opportunities for healthcare professionals, academic institutions, and governments around the world to collaborate with each other to improve the state of epilepsy treatment. Jorge Burneo, MD, MSPH, started his presentation by asking the audience why we should care about global health. He said that global health is extremely important since diseases do not just affect 1 country, and that global security is dependent on it.

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