Global Health Neurology Program Events
Countering Global Neurological Burden Will Take Advocacy, Training
Neurologists involved in global health programs calls for more advocacy and training in neurologic disorders in developing countries around the world.
Wanted: Nancy Snyderman reflects on Ebola and calls for commitment to science literacy
Two years ago, Ebola jumped from the jungle into West African cities and ultimately the United States. As a physician-journalist for ABC and NBC News, I had covered tough stories around the globe — from epidemics to wars and refugee camps. But nothing prepared me for the drama and sociopolitical fallout from Ebola. We had all been watching the devastation from this epidemic play out from a distance in print and on television. With each compelling story, Ebola became increasingly tragic and exotic, yet it was safely oh-so-far away.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, war and displacement led to many emergent neurological needs, particularly access to anti-seizure medications, putting an estimated 250,000 people with epilepsy at risk. A group of neurology providers from across the country came together to support Ukrainian patients by utilizing social media and professional connections to fundraise, procure, and safely deliver close to half a million dollars of neurology medications and medical supplies to Ukraine. These were then distributed based on local needs, addressing emerging needs like epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and limb amputation in a timely manner by partnering with local pediatric epileptologist, Ukrainian League Against Epilepsy, Brother’s Brother Foundation, and other non-profit organizations.