The Role of Lay Organizations in Relieving the Burden of Headache: South American Perspective

  • Lorenzo Gardella
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Headache is a high prevailing disorder among general population.

Millions of people suffer from headaches all over the world. Most of them are bad diagnosed and are not given a correct treatment, being affected their individual, social, and working life; headaches affect their quality of life. People who suffer from headaches do not function at their best not only during the attacks but also during asymptomatic periods.

The public health significance of headaches is often overlooked probably because of their episodic nature and the fact that most of the times there is no death risk involved.

It is essential to work toward a better understanding of migraine at all levels, including recognition by health insurers, government departments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in order to improve health services and provide better patient care.

That is the reason why we insist on the importance of founding nongovernmental organizations since they keep a good relationship among doctors, patients, and other interested sectors and they work supervising Self Assistance Groups.

These institutions provide information to headache sufferers in remote areas of the country and they set a formal relationship with the World Headache Alliance (WHA), the International Headache Society (IHS), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to start an efficient global campaign using the mass media available to spread all these objectives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Servicio of NeurologySanatorio ParqueRosarioArgentina

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