Global synergistic actions to improve brain health for human development

Nature Reviews Neurology – Published May 19, 2023
Authored By:
Mayowa O. Owolabi, Matilde Leonardi, Claudio Bassetti, Joke Jaarsma, Tadeusz Hawrot, Akintomiwa I. Makanjuola, Rajinder K. Dhamija, Wuwei Feng, Volker Straub, Jennifer Camaradou, David W. Dodick, Rosita Sunna, Bindu Menon, Claire Wright, Chris Lynch, Antonella Santuccione Chadha, Maria Teresa Ferretti, Anna Dé, Coriene E. Catsman-Berrevoets, Muthoni Gichu, Cristina Tassorelli, David Oliver, Walter Paulus, Ramla K. Mohammed, Augustina Charway-Felli, Kevin Rostasy, Valery Feigin, Audrey Craven, Elizabeth Cunningham, Orla Galvin, Alexandra Heumber Perry, Ericka L. Fink, Peer Baneke, Anne Helme, Joanna Laurson-Doube, Marco T. Medina, Juan David Roa, Birgit Hogl, Allan O’Bryan, Claudia Trenkwalder, Jo Wilmshurst, Rufus O. Akinyemi, Joseph O. Yaria, David C. Good, Volker Hoemberg, Paul Boon, Samuel Wiebe, J. Helen Cross, Magali Haas, Inez Jabalpurwala, Marijeta Mojasevic, Monica DiLuca, Paola Barbarino, Stephanie Clarke, Sameer M. Zuberi, Paul Olowoyo, Ayomide Owolabi, Nelson Oyesiku, Pia C. Maly-Sundgren, Bo Norrving, Surjo R. Soekadar, Pieter A. van Doorn, Richard Lewis, Tom Solomon & Franco Servadei
The global burden of neurological disorders is substantial and increasing, especially in low-resource settings. The current increased global interest in brain health and its impact on population wellbeing and economic growth, highlighted in the World Health Organization’s new Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders 2022–2031, presents an opportunity to rethink the delivery of neurological services. In this Perspective, we highlight the global burden of neurological disorders and propose pragmatic solutions to enhance neurological health, with an emphasis on building global synergies and fostering a ‘neurological revolution’ across four key pillars — surveillance, prevention, acute care and rehabilitation — termed the neurological quadrangle. Innovative strategies for achieving this transformation include the recognition and promotion of holistic, spiritual and planetary health. These strategies can be deployed through co-design and co-implementation to create equitable and inclusive access to services for the promotion, protection and recovery of neurological health in all human populations across the life course.
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