Sociocultural representations of epilepsy in the Central African Republic: a door-to-door survey

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder with a global estimate of about 70 million cases of lifetime epilepsy (1). More than 80% of people with epilepsy (PWE) live in developing countries (2). The median lifetime epilepsy prevalence has been reported at 15.4 per 1,000 for rural and 10.3 for urban studies in developing countries (1). Epilepsy prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa varies widely from country to country due to different risk factors (3). A meta-analysis found that the global prevalence of epilepsy was 9.39 per 1,000 in sub-Saharan Africa (3).