WHO IGAP Implementation Toolkit



WHO has today published a new implementation toolkit to the Intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders (IGAP), outlining specific actions and resources for countries to improve services for people with neurological disorders in preparation for meeting IGAP’s targets for 2031.

Implementing IGAP requires the concentrated efforts of many stakeholders, with everyone having a part to play. Our mandate is to make it easier for countries to plan their actions in a way that suits their needs and objectives.
Dévora Kestel, Director of the Department of Mental Health, Brain Health and Substance Use.

The neurology action plan, unanimously adopted in 2022 by the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly, sets out an overarching course of action to improve services that involves strengthening policies, systems and services, raising awareness, reducing discrimination and fostering research and innovation. The plan has 10 targets for countries to achieve by 2031 with the support of national and international partners, as well as the WHO Secretariat.

The implementation toolkit is the go-to resource for those involved in shaping neurology policies and services. It is primarily intended for use by policy-makers at national and subnational levels as well as programme managers and service planners across various sectors such as health, social services, education, environment, finance, employment, justice and housing. The toolkit is designed to correspond to the IGAP strategic objectives, focusing on 5 strategic areas:

  • prioritization and governance
  • diagnosis, treatment and care
  • promotion of brain health and prevention of neurological disorders
  • research and information systems
  • approach to 6 specific high-burden neurological disorders.


Listing specific steps as well as 90 tools and resources, the toolkit allows plans for IGAP implementation to be customized according to the context of the country, recognizing the advances in neurological disorder care that may have already been made in that setting.


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