Epilepsy: a survey on sociocultural aspects and behavior, conducted among 300 students living on a university campus in Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire) Volume 21, issue 3, juillet-août-septembre 2009


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Service de neurologie, CHU de Cocody, BP V13, Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire, Service de neurologie, CHU de Yopougon, 21 BP 632, Abidjan 21, Côte-d’Ivoire

The management of epileptic patients in developing countries is difficult because of various problems such as: difficult access to care and medicines, lack of neurologists, lack or high cost of investigations means. However the sociocultural considerations represent the reasons of the epileptic’s marginalization and exclusion due to the unfavorable prejudice in the populations. This fact has been revealed by a prospective survey conducted in the student environment in Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire [CI]) in order to make a census of the knowledge of this affection: for 9 students out of 10, epilepsy is a contagious disease comparable to madness (31.7%), it is serious (81.3%) and curable 4 times out of 10 by associating traditional and modern medicine. This underscores the urgency of information campaigns, education and awareness of all the Ivorian population.Priority must be refered to students.