Low level of general knowledge about epilepsy among schoolteachers in Niamey, Niger

Takeaway

  • Negative attitudes and beliefs about epilepsy are prevalent among schoolteachers in the Niger capital, Niamey, with some considering epilepsy a contagious and incurable illness.

Why this matters

  • In Niger epilepsy predominately affects men and people younger than 20 years of age; however, the condition is poorly studied and misconceptions about the disorder are common.

  • Providing schoolteachers with accurate information about epilepsy could have a vital role in reducing discrimination in children with epilepsy.