A delegation from the Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association (CMEA)has had a meeting with EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Mr John Dalli in Strasbourg. The delegation briefed Mr Dalli on the incidence of epilepsy in Malta and on the initiatives taken by the CMEA to keep persons with this condition updated with latest developments in its treatment. The delegation also met the Maltese MEPs with similar briefings.

The delegation was in Strasbourg to participate in events organised by the International Bureau of Epilepsy (IBE) to mark European Epilepsy Day which was celebrated on 14th February. The CMEA was represented by Dr Janet Mifsud from the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, who is also Vice-President of the IBE, and Ms Victoria Dimech who is a member of the European Epilepsy Regional Committee for IBE.

Epilepsy is the most common serious disorder of the brain and affects men, women and children of all ages and social backgrounds. Affecting more than six million people in Europe, epilepsy damages health, and disrupts every aspect of life – imposing physical, psychological, social and financial burdens on individuals and families.

Around 4000 people are affected by epilepsy in Malta and despite the excellent health care services in our country, they still face daily problems such as essential medicines frequently out of stock, lack of essential diagnostic services such as video-telemetry, and stigma in employment. These pose serious challenges which need to be addressed urgently.

Picture shows, left to right, Ms. Victoria Dimech, Secretary, Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association, Dr. Janet Mifsud, Vice-President IBE, Prof. Nico Moshe, President ILAE, Mr. John Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Mr. Mike Glynn, President IBE, Prof. Emilio Perucca, ILAE, Ms. Ann Little, IBE

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Unit Promotion