More than 75% of epilepsy cases in developing countries "untreated"

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Dr Tarun Dua. Photo: UNTV screengrab

Effective treatment for epilepsy can cost as little as US$5 per person a year, but more than 75 per cent of cases in developing countries go untreated.

That's according to Dr Tarun Dua, an epilepsy expert from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Approximately 50 million people are living with epilepsy worldwide, a neurological disorder which often causes seizures.

A lack of trained specialists and medication in developing countries means many with the condition live without treatment.

Dr Dua spoke to Lucy Dean about her work with the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy "Out of the Shadows" and explained how negative stigma can discourage people from even trying to seek help.

Duration: 4'14"

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