WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is the great pleasure of the Scientific and Organising Committee to welcome you to the 3rd African Epilepsy Congress, jointly organised by the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy. We have no doubt that you will find this congress to be a truly rewarding experience.

The Scientific and Organising Committee has created an excellent programme, building on the success of the first two AECs, in Cape Town in 2014 and Nairobi in 2012, which provides information on new developments in the field of epilepsy, shares knowledge and imparts an insight into the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy at grassroots level in Africa. The diverse programme reflects the firm commitment to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy through support of education, research, knowledge dissemination and patient care; with the participation of renowned international and regional faculty, it comprises lectures and interactive sessions on a broad range of topics that are highly relevant to recent scientific, clinical and social developments in epilepsy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the social, cultural and economic aspects in the management and mismanagement of epilepsy in Africa. Make sure also to make time to visit the posters to hear and read about the latest research and data on epilepsy from throughout the region and further afield.

At the westernmost point of the African continent, Dakar is located on the Cap-Vert peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Dakar is the capital of Senegal and its largest city. It is a lively, cosmopolitan city – multicultural, diverse and full of vibrant arts and traditions. Modern buildings stand side by side with impressive colonial architecture. The city is home to museums and markets, cliff walks and beaches, history and modernity. We hope you will find time during your stay to explore this fascinating city.

The Senegalese are justifiably proud of their reputation for "teranga", or hospitality. Dakar is a very welcoming city, and visitors are enchanted by the friendliness of the locals.

We look forward to welcoming you in Dakar over the next few days.

With warm regards,

Scientific and Organising Committee
Co-chairs:
Amadou Gallo Diop (Senegal)
Moustapha Ndiaye (Senegal)
Youssouf Noormamode (Mauritius)

Prisca Bassole (Burkina Faso / Senegal)
Helen Cross (United Kingdom)
Kudakwashe Dube (South Africa)
Janet Mifsud (Malta)
Anthony Zimba (Zambia)