Despite its wide-reaching effects, epilepsy is often overlooked as a public health concern which is why three years ago, in 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a resolution encouraging countries to prioritise epilepsy and at the same time established a three-year reporting period to track progress. The three year term is set to expire this year, in 2018, which threatens to derail international momentum on this issue. As a result the World Health Assembly is asking all WHO member states to continue their focus on epilepsy both at the national and international level. Worldwide epilepsy affects over 50 million people; it is the most common chronic neurological disorder globally and disproportionately affects the poorest in society. If you would like to read more about the global epilepsy problem, please click here