We are delighted to announce that ‘National plans and awareness campaigns as priorities for achieving global brain health’ – an article by the OneNeurology Partnership, has been published by the world’s leading global health journal, The Lancet Global Health.

18 months after the WHOs Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders (IGAP) was adopted, global neurology stakeholders, including representatives of the OneNeurology Partnership, take stock and advocate for urgent acceleration of IGAP implementation.

Drawing on lessons from relevant global health contexts, this Health Policy identifies two priority IGAP targets to expedite national delivery of the entire 10-year plan: namely, to update national policies and plans, and to create awareness campaigns and advocacy programmes for neurological conditions and brain health.

To ensure rapid attainment of the identified priority targets, six strategic drivers are proposed: universal community awareness, integrated neurology approaches, intersectoral governance, regionally coordinated IGAP domestication, lived experience-informed policy making, and neurological mainstreaming (advocating to embed brain health into broader policy agendas). Contextualised with globally emerging IGAP-directed efforts and key considerations for intersectoral policy design, this novel framework provides actionable recommendations for policy makers and IGAP implementation partners.

Congratulations and thank you to all involved, particularly Sebastian F. Winter and Tadeusz Hawrot.

Sincere thanks also to the The Lancet Global Health for highlighting the causes of neurology and brain health through this publication.

Access the article here