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

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the 3rd African Epilepsy Congress, organised jointly by the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy. The 3rd AEC will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 5th to 7th May 2017.

Building on the success of the first two AECs, in Cape Town in 2014 and Nairobi in 2012, the scientific programme of the congress promises to provide information on new developments in the field of epilepsy, to share knowledge and to impart an insight into the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy at grassroots level in Africa, and shows the firm commitment to improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy through support of education, research, knowledge dissemination and patient care. The programme comprises lectures and interactive sessions; regional and international speakers will present a range of topics over three days that are highly relevant to recent scientific, clinical and social developments in epilepsy, and emphasis will be place on the role of the social, cultural and economic aspects in the mismanagement of epilepsy in Africa. A poster display will complement the scientific programme.

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.

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

We look forward to welcoming you in Dakar, for what promises to be a personally rewarding and informative congress.

With warm regards,
Congress Co-chairs, 3rd AEC

Amadou Gallo Diop
Chair, ILAE Commission on African Affairs

Youssouf Noormamode
Chair, IBE African Regional Committee

Moustapha Ndiaye
Secretary General, Senegal League Against Epilepsy