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National Epilepsy Centre

National Epilepsy Centre is a NGO-run institution designed exclusively for epilepsy care. Located in the heart of the metropolitan city of Karachi, Pakistan it provides holistic (medical and psychosocial) management to all patients with epilepsy irrespective of their religion, caste or creed; especially those from low socio-economic strata.

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Holistic Management

Medical and psychosocial management for all patients with epilepsy irrespective of their religion, caste or socio-economic status.

Public Awareness

Awareness through print and electronic media.

Education for Professionals and General Public

Capacity building workshops, webinars and conferences for specialists and primary care physicians. Customized epilepsy workshops for paramedics, medical school students and general public.

Research

Quality epilepsy related research in Pakistan for publication in prestigious national and international journals.

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Humanitarian
to a Nation

Abdul Sattar Edhi

HUMANITARIAN
LEGENDARY SOCIAL WORKER
PERSON WITH EPILEPSY

Ambassador, National Epilepsy Centre, Pakistan

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Achievement

Vision

Values

Always Open

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat

NEC aims to provide holistic management to all patients with epilepsy irrespective of their religion, caste or creed; especially those from low socio-economic strata.

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registered patients

200

Volunteers

190
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160
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people with epilepsy provided near free 30-day supply of anti-seizure medications each month

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Reduction in treatment gap through public awareness

Our Goals

  • Sustained ongoing epilepsy management services
  • Continue public awareness
  • Provide advanced management opportunities to be a step closer to excellence
  • Innovative ideas for innovative future
  • Make a legacy
  • Make people with epilepsy productive citizens of Pakistan
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Work Integrity

  • Quality assured services
  • Enhance doctor patient relationship
  • Building donor trust through transparency and accountability
  • Challenging the odds

"Its better to light a candle than
to curse the darkness."

Its better to light a candle than to curse the darkness

“Its better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS EPILEPSY?

Epilepsy is one of the most common brain disorders affecting about 50 million people worldwide. Our brain sends electrical commands to our body which then acts accordingly. Disruption in this electrical activity leads to a change in a person’s physical and behavioural activities with alteration in level of awareness. This constitutes a seizure, the clinical symptoms of epilepsy.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF EPILEPSY?

The causes of epilepsy can broadly be labelled under the headings of structural, infectious, metabolic, immune and unknown. Genetic predisposition can be a cause of epilepsy but is not very common.

  1. In 60% of people with epilepsy no cause is found and thus called ‘idiopathic’ epilepsy.
  2. Epilepsy with an overt cause is called ‘symptomatic’ epilepsy. Causes include:

- Brain damage from prenatal or perinatal causes e.g. a low/loss of oxygen, birth trauma, low birth weight, kernicterus (severe jaundice at birth)
- Congenital abnormalities with associated brain malformations like Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome etc.
- Brain infection; tuberculosis, meningitis, encephalitis
- Brain tumours
- Stroke, causing brain scarring
- Severe head injuries like in road traffic accidents, fall from height
- Neurodegenerative diseases

WHO TREATS EPILEPSY?

Epilepsy is usually treated by primary care doctors (family physicians, general practitioners), psychiatrists, paediatricians, neurologists or epileptologists (neurologist specializing in epilepsy). Epileptologists have a major role when there is complexity in diagnosis or in seizure control and treatment.

HOW IS EPILEPSY DIAGNOSED?

The primary method of diagnosing epilepsy is by doctors taking a detailed description of the seizures from the witness and patient, along with present and past medical history. They may ask for some tests to help give additional information about the type and cause of the epilepsy or rule out any other conditions that can seizures. Home video recording on mobile phones is very helpful.

IS THERE A CURE FOR EPILEPSY?

Epilepsy is treatable disorder like high blood pressure and diabetes. With medications one can become seizure free and 60% of them can go off medicines. However, it is your doctor who will decide and advice how to slowly taper off as sudden withdrawal can prove fatal.

What`s New

International Epilepsy Day 2021

To promote awareness of epilepsy around the world, International Epilepsy Day was celebrated by National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) in collaboration with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) & Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP). Activities were spread over two or three days.

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Upcoming Events

34th International Epilepsy Congress

The 34th International Epilepsy Congress, organized by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), will take place 28 August – 1 September 2021.

3rd ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course 2021

Virtual ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course on 20th & 21st November 2021.
Organized by Epilepsy Association of Pakistan and National Epilepsy Center

34th International Epilepsy Congress
34th International Epilepsy Congress
The 34th International Epilepsy Congress, organized by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), will take place 28 August – 1 September 2021.
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3rd ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course 2021
3rd ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course 2021
The 3rd ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course 2021, organized by the Epilepsy Association of Pakistan and the National Epilepsy Center(IBE), details to follow soon.
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WE NEED
YOUR SUPPORT
Lack of awareness, misconceptions, stigma & marginalization cause more misery than the condition itself. With medical, social & psychological treatment, public awareness to change the public mind-set is necessary. National Epilepsy Centre (NEC). Karachi, operational since 2012 is the only tertiary care centre in Pakistan exclusively for holistic epilepsy treatment, education, research and public awareness.
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OUR WORK
ACKNOWLEDGED INTERNATIONALLY

Our landmark paper, Epilepsy treatment gap and stigma reduction in Pakistan: A tested public awareness model was published in a reputable medical journal in end Dec 2019. The paper was received with accolades from entire medical especially neurology community for its groundbreaking approach towards reduction of treatment gap in a poorly resourced country.