In Europe, cerebral palsy occurs in 2 out of every 1000 live births. Numbers are possibly underestimated, due to unreliable registries. However, since cp is the most common disabling condition in childhood, the European Union formed a collaboration in 1998 called “Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe”.
From their website:
The aim of the SCPE network is to disseminate knowledge about cerebral palsy through epidemiological data, to develop best practice in monitoring trends in CP, and to raise standards of care for children with cerebral palsy.
The Middle East
Data for prevalence in the Middle East is inaccurate, and resources are limited. However, in 2002, a group of medical professionals interested in cp met for the first time, representing 18 countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. They are called the Eastern European and Mediterranean Group of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
This group is working to improve medical services for those with cp through prevention, diagnosis, and proper management. They hold annual conferences and are working hard to improve care for children in this region.