The Icelandic Society for the Nervous System


Consolidated report by the Director- General of WHO

Tetros Ghebreyesus

Fostering strategic approaches to research on neurological disorders increasing the attention given to brain health and neurological disorders in national and global research agendas; using artificial  intelligence, precision medicine and other novel technologies to consolidate fragmented research results and identify new treatment options with potential to cure more neurological disorders.

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Thank you. I am speaking on item 11.6 on the agenda.
Iceland thanks the Russian Federation for the leadership on this important topic and is pleased to support the resolution as a co-sponsor. We do so as we have, with many other partners over recent years, highlighted the heavy global burden of neurological conditions, being the second leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the world with estimated one in three people having a neurological disorder at some point in their lifetime.

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Global Actions on Epilepsy and other Neurological disorder

The Seventy-third World Health Assembly,
Having considered the consolidated report by the Director-General

Recognizing that epilepsy and other neurological disorders are the leading cause 
disability-adjusted life years and the second leading cause of death worldwide, and that epilepsy and other neurological disorders have a disproportionate impact on people living in low- and middle-income countries;

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Greetings Dr. Dua
I would like to begin with declaring my pleasure with the work that the WHO is initiating and relates to the nervous system. The establishment of the Brain Health Unit and the work which is to be carried out under the guidance of the Unit as regards on international action plans and future policies for the benefit of the nervous system, is extremely pressing. I would also like to express my pleasure with the report of Dr. Tetros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General ofWHO, A73/5 which states e.g. the following.


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