Atlas of Headache Disorders

Knowledge for action also requires qualitative research, and input from people with headache around the world.

In a direct collaboration with WHO, Lifting The Burden has produced the Atlas of Headache Disorders and Resources in the World 2011 [reference 1]. The Atlas, an addition to WHO's Project Atlas, presents the findings of a global enquiry into headache disorders and health-care resource allocation to headache. It provides the most comprehensive compilation of information on these matters, gathered from 101 countries.

The facts and figures presented within it illuminate the worldwide neglect of a major cause of public ill-health and reveal the inadequacies of responses to it in countries throughout the world. The Atlas will assist health planners and policy-makers as well as professionals at every level involved in caring for people with headache disorders.

Nongovernmental organizations, wherever they exist, may use the Atlas of Headache Disorders in their advocacy efforts for more and better headache care.


1. World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011. Geneva: WHO 2011.

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