On Regional Fronts
Activities on regional fronts create awareness and, through that, favourable climate for change within the countries of each world region.
The principal objective, in each region, is to fill the gaps in knowledge for action. This requires population-based studies on national or locality fronts. Studies cannot be conducted in every country within a region, and it is unnecessary and would be wasteful to attempt to do so. Sufficient are needed in order, reasonably, to extrapolate from countries generating data to others within a region that are geographical neighbours and culturally similar.
Acquisition of knowledge for action at regional level thus supports interventional programmes at national or locality levels.
With this in mind, the priorities - reflecting opportunity as well as need - are (or have been):
- Africa: Senegal and/or Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia;
- Americas: Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia;
- Eastern Mediterranean: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Morocco;
- Europe: Georgia, Russia;
- South-East Asia: India, Indonesia;
- Western Pacific: China, South Korea.
Studies have been completed in Georgia, Russia, India and China and are underway in Ethiopia, Zambia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Once these epidemiological studies and the estimates of burden attributable to headache are complete, Lifting The Burden expects to show that headache disorders collectively are in the top 10 causes of disability in the world.
Once these epidemiological studies and the estimates of burden attributable to headache are complete, Lifting The Burden expects to show that headache disorders collectively are in the top 10 causes of disability in the world. This will strongly support the next stage: following acquisition of knowledge for action, regional initiatives may include educational and awareness campaigns directed at the general public, health-care providers and health-policy makers.
Again these will support interventions at national or locality levels
Region-based projects also include the development of principles of management in preparation for interventional programmes.