A Project for Epilepsy Mobile Clinics

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In her effort to contribute to the fight against epilepsy, the Gbm-em foundation is  advocating for the introduction of epilepsy mobile clinics in its pilot program area of the Lebialem Division of the South West Region in Cameroon. The foundation since its creation keeps looking for avenues to contribute towards the fight against all forms of stigma, rejection and abuses of persons living with epilepsy and mental illness, to provide support and facilitate access to proper diagnosis and treatment, as well as to support research into the causes and treatment of epilepsy.

Some studies carried out in Lebialem Division in 2014 and 2015, confirmed the predominance of false beliefs, stigmatization and lack of basic information on epilepsy and how to care for persons living with or affected by epilepsy. This most probably due to the unavailability of proper diagnosis and treatment of the disease  which is also one of the main causes of school drop out of persons living with epilepsy in the area.

Such an initiative, came as a result of the high level of poverty in the Lebialem Division, its terrible and often unmotorable road networks, its poor health coverage as well as the fact that the area has no neurological services. The epilepsy mobile clinic services will through their rotation, fight against ignorance about epilepsy, improve access to proper diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and de-stigmatize persons living with epilepsy.  and to reduce school dropout resulting from epilepsy in the Lebialem Division.

As a means to achieve the goal of the project, the Gbm foundation hopes to with the assistance of other partners and volunteers, organize a sensitization campaign in the division via the epilepsy mobile clinics. The ultimate goal is to educate persons living with Epilepsy and their families on the neurological disorder, some of its scientifically proven causes, and how to manage a crisis giving emphasis to the importance of modern medical treatment in seizure control and rehabilitation. The project also plans to acquire and distribute via the mobile clinics, recommended doses of subsidized anti-seizure medication.

The Gbm-em foundation believes that the epilepsy mobile clinics will go a long way to “Fight against stigma, rejection and abuse of persons living with and or affected by epilepsy”, on the one hand, and foster research and facilitate access to proper diagnosis and properly aligned treatment, on the other hand. This project it equally hoped, will promote the foundation’s efforts on regional and the global platform as an effective grass root organization striving for better and more accessible care for persons living and affected by epilepsy and for effective management and treatment of this debilitating neurological disorder especially in such remote and in rural enclaves.

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The Gbm Foundation  can only achieve its goal and objectives with your assistance. The foundation is most grateful for the collaboration of its partners prominent of which are the South West Regional Delegations of Public Health and Social Affairs. Visit our website for more information on the foundation and its partners, as well as various ways to get involved.

 

 

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The Gbm Foundation Produces A Teacher’s Handbook of Epilepsy for Schools

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The Gbm Foundation seeks to step up its efforts to bring epilepsy out of the shadows. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions with approximately 70 million people affected worldwide. The prevalence of epilepsy is highest in sub – Saharan African countries ranging from 2.2 to 58 per 1000. Epilepsy is one of the least understood chronic medical conditions. False attribution of seizures to supernatural causes, beliefs in certain cultures that patient’s body fluids during convulsive seizures are contagious, and lack of knowledge about proper seizure first aid has led with bystanders to be reluctant to help patients living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is associated with a lot of discrimination imposed by other people which together with other impediments related to the underlying brain disorder as cognitive impairment make people living with epilepsy to be less likely to be sent to school, find employment and marry. Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of educational underachievement, learning difficulties, mental health problems, social isolation, and poor self-esteem. Teacher’s knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy can have significant impact on these difficulties including student’s performance, social skill development, and future employment.

Improving epilepsy awareness and knowledge among school staff helps in creating a supportive learning environment for pupil/students with epilepsy, through effective seizure management, and control of discrimination. A school teacher or staff who knows how to respond to seizures will both improve safety in school and influence the reactions of other pupil/students. In certain cases, teachers may even be the first to notice the symptoms of seizures in a student. Teachers who are knowledgeable about epilepsy will understand and encourage pupil/students and thus facilitate learning and self – esteem thereby playing a vital role in the physical, social and academic well – being of pupil/students with epilepsy.

This handbook is designed to educate school staff about epilepsy, improve their ability to manage seizures in pupil/students and facilitate practices that will create an optimal learning environment for pupil/students living with epilepsy. It contains general information about epilepsy, basic seizure first aid, and advice on the daily interactions with the student with epilepsy.

The Foundation firmly believes that, it is its imperative to make available these handbooks of epilepsy for school teachers, as such an initiative will be a great tool to fight against the stigma, rejection and abuse of persons living with epilepsy and promote inclusive education in favour of young persons living with epilepsy. This project will definitely go a long way bring awareness to the plight of those living with and or affected by the condition, and our hope is that it contributes to the research directly needed in this domain as well as affect policy change in favour of  persons living with the illness, their families and their integration into the community.

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Let's be the Hope for each other

Let’s be the Hope for each other

Gbm as a civil society organization actively involved in the fight against the stigmatization of persons living with and/or affected with epilepsy, is happy to carry out such a noble project in furtherance of its goals. We rely on donations from our partners and persons of good will and call on all to support our various projects. We are currently looking for funders to enable us publish and print 3000 more of these handbooks to add to the 1000 already published and printed. No donation is too little… a single handbook funded could serve an entire school: Thank you

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The Gbm Country Director Gets a First Hand Grip of the State of Mental Health in Cameroon

It is one thing to read and to write about something, it is another thing to talk about it, and it is yet another thing to witness the reality on the ground. In this light the Gbm Country Director got a first hand grip of the state of mental health in Cameroon when she visited the lone public psychiatric ward in Yaounde the capital of Cameroon. It all started with a visit to the HIFA country office in Yaounde.

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Visiting the HIFA Country Office

The Gbm country Director, Ms. Marie A. Abanga, last March 2016, visited the Health Information for All, (HIFA) country office in Yaounde Cameroon. HIFA is a UK based international organization, with various country representations, which works to bring together experts and other health personnel’s to share information and resources with the hope that through their ever growing network, such information will be made available for all. The Gbm foundation is actually one of HIFA’s supporting organisation, and so the Director looked forward to the working visit. 

The Gbm Country Director and the HIFA Country Representative

The Gbm Country Director and the HIFA Country Representative

In her conversation with the HIFA country representative in Cameroon, Mr. Didier Demassosso, they reflected on the mental health situation in Cameroon, the dilemma of persons living with and/or affected by mental illness in Cameroon, while lamenting on the absence of any mental health public policy in Cameroon. The country director was delighted to find out that Mr. Demassosso mindful of his busy scheduled finds time once every other fortnight to go to the lone public psychiatric ward and animate a support group of persons living with and/or affected by mental illness.

Visiting the Lone Public Psychiatric Ward in the Capital City

The Country Director and a Mentally illed Patient

The Country Director and a Mentally ill Patient

After the enriching conversation, the country representative for HIFA, Cameroon took the Gbm Country Director for a visit to the lone public psychiatric ward in the renowned Jamot Hospital. During the tour in the hospital, the country Director was able to talk with some administrators in charge of the patients, to find out the current situations of the patients and what could be done to help them. In the course of her visit, she also had the opportunity to chat with some of the patients, while deploring their lamentable living conditions. The Director was sad to visit the ward for severe cases which looked more like a secluded disciplinary prison cell.

The Country Director Looking at the Ward for very Special cases

The Country Director Looking at the Ward for very Special cases

The State of the Art of Mental Health in Cameroon 

Mental health is an emerging preoccupations of the World Health Organization (WHO). Resolution 65.1 was adopted at the 65th Health Global Assembly in May 2012, calling on all member states to contribute to world statistics by carrying national research on the state of the Art of Mental Health in their respective jurisdictions.

In this light, although Cameroon is yet to carry out a national census of persons living with and/or affected by mental illness. The Minister of Health institute a Cameroonian national day of mental health and organized a pilot symposium on mental health in December 2015. The theme of the symposium revolved around the current mental health statusquo and perspectives for the future. During the symposium, there was a lot of communication, sensitization and free consultation. One of the objectives of the symposium was that there was need to demystify mental illness. Nobody is completely protected from mental health problems, since we are all exposed to life’s difficulties and therefore be informed about mental health.

For resolutions; there was dire need to accentuate sensitization campaigns on mental health and mental illnesses, actively engage various civil society and public authorities so that a public policy for mental health be adopted, create a database for the sharing of information between the different stakeholders.

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Let's be the Hope for each other

Let’s be the Hope for each other

Gbm as a civil society organization actively involved in the fight against the stigmatization of persons living with and/or affected with mental illness, is happy to join such a national platform and contribute to the sharing of resourceful information for a better mental health for all. We rely on donations from our partners and persons of good will and call on all to support our various projects. 

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FURTHER ADVOCACY AND SENSITIZATION THROUGH SPORTS SPONSORSHIP

Gbm Youth Ambassador with some Teams

Gbm Youth Ambassador with some Teams

In her quest to sensitize communities on epilepsy, so as to improve awareness and knowledge on how to manage seizures, facilitate practices that will create an optimal learning environment for pupils/students/individuals living with and or affected by epilepsy and mental illness, the Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing (Gbm) is now entering into partnership with local communities.

Recently, in partnership with the Paramount Ruler of the Essoh Atah Fondom in Fontem – Lebialem Division, a small village in the South West Region of Cameroon, the foundation sponsored a football tournament that brought together young people from the Fondom so that through their sportsmanship, they may be informed about various aspects of epilepsy and how to care for a person living with epilepsy.

The tournament equally had as aim, to sensitize the population and to contribute to the fight against the stigma, unawareness, rejection and outright abuse of persons suffering from epilepsy and the mentally challenged in their various communities. One of the key messages of the foundation is underscoring the fact that these illness are not a taboo, and being informed will go a long way to reducing their prevalence and devastating effects especially in Cameroon which currently has one if not the highest rate of epilepsy in the world according to a recent Lancet Neurology article.

Youth Ambassador Distributing Flyers

Youth Ambassador Distributing Flyers

Gbm in her sponsorship package, provided the teams with logoed jerseys and co-sponsred a trophy with a cash price. At the end of the tournament, the foundation had enlisted many more youth ambassadors.

Various teams with their Fon

Various teams with their Fon

Participants expressed their gratitude to the foundation and promised to champion the advocacy and sensitization mission of the foundation in their respective neighborhoods, and to help educate their peers and even teachers with all the lessons learnt. Some of these lessons were contained in various sensitization brochures distributed throughout the tournament by one of the foundation’s pioneer youth ambassador who came in all the way from the city of Limbe in the South West Region of Cameroon.     

Such sensitization through sponsorships, local partnerships, and involvement of youth ambassadors all align with the main goal of the foundation which is to “Fight against stigma, rejection & abuse of persons living with epilepsy and mentally illness”.  

The population glad to have participated in the Tournament, ralying behind their Fon

The population glad to have participated in the Tournament, ralying behind their Fon

The program director explained that she was impressed by the massive turnout and success of this first edition, and the foundation intends to, in the near future, with the help of funders and partners carry out many more of such activities. Together, we can bring epilepsy and mental illness out of the shadows, if we dare to talk about it.

Presentation of Gbm's Objectives by the Program Director Mrs Bibiana Taku

Presentation of Gbm’s Objectives by the Program Director Mrs Bibiana Taku

Kindly get involved because Gbm can only achieve its goal and objectives with your assistance. The foundation is most grateful for the great collaboration with the Paramount Ruler of the Essoh Atah Fondom, His Royal Highness Fon Foreke who doubles as the regional delegate for Social Affairs of the Western Region.

Let's be the Hope for each other

Let’s be the Hope for each other

Together We Can

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Did you ever know a woman living with epilepsy could bring forth a healthy and bouncing baby?

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

I never knew a woman living with epilepsy could even think of getting pregnant because of the high risk involved at all the stages of the pregnancy. Imagine a pregnant woman having a seizure during any stage of the pregnancy or while giving birth? Imagine the challenge of accessing medication and staying on them during the pregnancy and the first six months of the baby’s life!

It was with all this in mind that the Gbm Foundation for epilepsy and mental wellbeing in partnership with the Helen Atabongasaba Foundation for women’s empowerment designed the project duped: The Gbm Acess to Treatment Fund. This is a fund where resources are pulled together with the goal of facilitating access to treatment by the most vulnerable of identified persons living with epilepsy.

Mrs Bibiana Taku and Little Gabriel, son of a woman living with epilepsy

Mrs Bibiana Taku and Little Gabriel, son of a woman living with epilepsy

The first beneficiary of the Fund is the little boy in the picture above whom I fondly call little Gabriel since the one in whose honour the Gbm Foundation was created was also Gabriel. Little Gabriel’s mum lives with epilepsy and he got affected by his mother’s condition to the extent that at age 3, he weighed in very very little, and couldn’t walk at all. He needed a lot of therapy to eat and walk, and his condition attracted the sympathy and empathy of the both the Gbm-em Programme Director and the Board Chairman. The above persons made out of pocket donations to facilitate treatment for both Little Gabriel and his mum, and after a couple of months, hurray he could walk.

Little Gabriel Learns to Walk and looks happier too

Little Gabriel Learns to Walk and looks happier too

It was shortly thereafter that the project to get more involved in maternal and child care development was conceived.

A woman living with epilepsy in Fontem, South West Region  Cameroon

A pregnant woman living with epilepsy in Fontem, South West Region Cameroon

When the Mary Health of Africa Hospital administration contacted the Gbm-em Programme Director with the pathetic case of Cynthia a woman living with epilepsy and having a life threatening pregnancy, the foundation dug deep into its meagre funds to save her life and the baby’s. A few hours after Cynthia went into labour, she brought forth a bouncing baby boy.

Her smile says it all

A bouncing baby boy born to a woman living with epilepsy

A bouncing baby boy born to a woman living with epilepsy

Cyntia gratefully named her beloved son  after Joseph the husband of the Virgin Mary, after Charles the Gbm Board Chair, and after Atabong the Matriach in whose honour the Helen AtabongAsaba Foundation was created. There are so many ways by which we could each get involved to help save the life of just one person living with or affected by epilepsy; donnot hesitate…

Let's be the Hope for each other

Let’s be the Hope for each other

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Demystifying Epilepsy Cont’d: Look at this other article by Adrian Burton

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There is nothing to be ashamed of if we suffer from epilepsy, just like someone who suffers from diabetics has nothing to be ashamed of

Glad to be back after the break

Hi all, its been a while and we are the Gbm Foundation are glad to be back with more interesting findings which will help especially in our mission to sensitize and advocate for the destigmatization of persons living with and or affected by persons living with epilepsy.

Through such visible campaign material, we intensify our advocacy

Through such visible campaign material, we intensify our advocacy

What is there to know about Epilepsy?

According to the epilepsy society, “Epileptic seizures are caused by a disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain. There are many different types of epileptic seizure. Any of us could potentially have a single epileptic seizure at some point in our lives. This is not the same as having epilepsy, which is a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain”.  Epilepsy is the tendency to have recurrent seizures. There are around 40 different types of seizure and a person may have more than one type. Epilepsy can affect anyone, at any age and from any walk of life. Source: epilepsy.org.

Why the mystery?

Generally, what the human mind cannot grasp or completely understand, the tendency is to qualify it a mystery. Epilepsy is definitely one of such occurrences; and thanks to the disturbing level of illiteracy in Africa especially sub-Saharan Africa where the prevalence of epilepsy is unfortunately highest there have been so many false facts and beliefs about this neurological illness.

The need to keep on demystifying epilepsy

If there are about 40 different types of seizures, there are definitely different causes for these different types of seizures. Cameroon being the country with the highest prevalence of epilepsy according to a poignant research article by Adrian Burton of the Lancet Neurology, there is every interest to keep abreast with research and findings on the illness.  It is thus with a lot of interest that we read Adrian Burton’s recently published article rightly titled: Taking a Swipe at Africa’s Epilepsy. Burton posits in his abstract that evidence is fast building that a preventable and treatable parasitic disease, onchocerciasis, underlies a great deal of the extraordinary prevalence of epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa. Were this to be true, wouldn’t this be all the more reason why persons living with epilepsy should be encouraged to go to the hospital and get properly diagnosed?

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Let's be the Hope for each other

Let’s be the Hope for each other

We at the Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing are contributing our widow’s mite in our pilot program area of the Lebialem Division in the South West Region, one of the regions in Cameroon with a very high rate of prevalence of epilepsy. In addition to the daunting statistics culled after a baseline studies, and the efforts realised after 2 medical missions to the division, there is need to set up of mobile epilepsy clinics all in a bid to bring epilepsy out of the shadow. We need to keep on daring to talk about it, and we need your support.

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Report from the field: Need for medication and EEG equipments

A person living with epilepsy undergoes an EEG test

A person living with epilepsy undergoes an EEG test

From the 4th to the 6th of February 2016, the Gbm-em Foundation organized a second medical mission to Fontem, Lebialem Division it’s current pilot site.

The mission was themed ‘Epilepsy Ask Me’, and one of it’s objectives was to continue its campaign to bring epilepsy out of the shadows. The mission also wanted to carry out further baseline studies on those who had benefited from EEG’s last 2015 when the Gbm-em’s first medical mission was organized.

According to the report of this second medical mission hereby uploaded, a total of some 76 persons living with epilepsy were consulted and several of them sent for testing.

The situation on the field is somehow a cause for concern when we imagine that there is no EEG equipment at the Mary Health of Africa Hospital in Fontem, which if nevertheless the reference hospital in the division. Medications are equally short in supply, and there is no alternative to Phenobarbital mindful of the numerous side effects patients complain of when put on it.

Winifred Mbomwoh, a patient with a lost arm following an incident at the fire side

Winifred Mbomwoh, with a lost arm following an incident at the fire side

It is imperative to begin with, that persons suffering from epilepsy be properly diagnosed so as to ascertain the best treatment protocol.

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The Gbm-em Foundation is thereby making an appeal to persons of goodwill to get involved and donate for an EEG equipment for the Mary Health of Africa Hospital in Fontem. The Lebialem Division it should be recalled has one the highest rates of the prevalence of epilepsy in Cameroon. Cameroon on its part according a recent Lancet Neurology report, has one of the highest (if not the highest) rate of epilepsy in the World.

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Epilepsy: Ask Me!!!

 

Dear World, it is with different campaign material like those featured above, that the Gbm-em Foundation has kicked off its second year of existence. The findings of the Lancet Neurology ever present on our minds, we are committed to do all we possibly  can to “Bring Epilepsy out of the Shadows”. There is such a wide knowledge gap and various mediums of sensitization and advocacy are needed to reach the maximum number of people.

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There is so much wrong perception about epilepsy, so may false facts and beliefs which mislead people and hold sufferers captive either of their own limitation or of those of their carers. It is thus very important that the message be passed across, that not only is epilepsy not contagious, but that it isn’t a secret and it can be treated.

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

The Gbm-em Foundation in action on the Field

The Gbm-em Team and the turn out of the second medical mission

The Gbm-em Team and the turn out of the second medical mission

From the 4th to the 6th of February 2016, the Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing carried out a second medical mission to Fontem its main project area. Fontem is a locality in the South West Region of Cameroon, and it has one of those high rates of prevalence of Epilepsy in the country. The first medical mission was dubbed ‘Project Inclusive education for young persons living with epiliepsy’, and this second mission is actually a continuation of the same project. The theme of this mission was simply, Epilepsy: Ask Me!!!

The inhabitants of this locality have for the larger part, nurtured false beliefs and ideas about epilepsy due the stark absence of knowledge, the shortage of medical personnel and the low standard of living which prohibit going to the hospital in the first place.

All is not only gloom however, there is some marked success if we go by the turn out of this second medical mission to Fontem. This indicates a shift in perception and more trust in the medical system in place. From the 30 or so patients tested and diagnosed in the first mission last year, the numbers went up to 75 this year.

The Gbm Foundation presented by Mrs Bibiana Taku

The Gbm Foundation presented by Mrs Bibiana Taku

Unfortunately, the Foundation with her meagre resources can only do so little. Our medical partner on the field, the reputed Mary Health of Africa Hospital in Fontem, on its part has a good track record although the unavailability of appropriate equipments for EEGs, nor any properly trained neurology personnel currently slow down efforts to help such needy and suffering members of the community and their affected families.

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The Gbm-em Foundation is so honoured to join the growing list of HIFA supporters, and our membership in the HIFA Forum is opening up avenues to possible future technical and material collaborations. Health care information is very vital and we don’t know it all, neither can we do it all.

We will be publishing our report on this second medical mission in due time, but we want to seize this opportunity to call for donations in both cash and kind so that we can step up our efforts on the field. Kindly do not hesitate to get involved…

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The Gbm-em Foundation joins the list of HIFA Supporting organizations…

HIFA: Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of health care knowledge

HIFA: Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of health care knowledge

Dear World, it’s a wonderful end of week for the Foundation. We are wrapping up our next mission to the field, and with all the hectic work involved, we are so delighted to have received our acceptance by the HIFA Steering Group to join their ever growing list of supporting organizations. We were one of their nine new supporting organizations, and the only one from Cameroon giving us a huge challenge to be among the best supporting organizations from our region.

When we were contacted by the Lancet Neurology sometime last year for a collaboration on their article on the status and prevalence of epilepsy in Cameroon, we were very honoured. Yet, we couldn’t imagine that barely six months later, we would be joining the growing list of HIFA supporting organizations. They even have the Lancet as one of their big supporters. Now, our Foundation has even been featured on their website and this is amazing.

HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) is a professional global health network working in collaboration with WHO. HIFA has more than 15,000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers and policymakers, committed to accelerate progress towards the HIFA Vision: a world where every person has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others. HIFA members interact on five global email discussion forums in three languages (English, French, Portuguese). Membership to the email discussion forums is free and can be accessed by all right here.

We are most grateful for the HIFA’s dynamic country Representative who made the initial contact and served as a catalyst for our application. Indeed, it’s actually a win-win scenario here because there is so much an organization stands to benefit by becoming a HIFA supporting organization. Together we can bring epilesy out of the shadows, and dare to talk about mental illness.

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Follow up medical mission: Phase 1bis of the Inclusive education project…

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

There is no need to hide, people have to be informed and then change can be expected.

Braving for the new year

Hello all, last May 2015, the Gbm Foundation launched it Inclusive Education for all project in its pilot area of Lebialem, South West Region. This project consists in proper diagnosis & treatment of epilepsy in youth of pre-school and school age aimed at eliminating the seizures and beating the stigma by implementing an integrated health and social care of epileptics in schools. The project was broken down in different phases which can be found here.

The first phase of the project helped to demystify epilepsy in the area, where a baseline study had revealed a high prevalence alongside a disturbing rate of stigma and disbelief in the scientific nature of the disease. The report of that phase can be read here.

From February 2nd to 6th

This year, the foundation and its partners are getting ready for the second part of that phase which had included the medical consultations, screenings and diagnosis and sensitization of various stakeholders, patients, their families and some teachers.

This second part of that phase will basically include monitoring and evaluation of those who were consulted and screened last May, as well further screening of those students who because of their epileptic seizures and the surrounding stigma are either having a difficult time in school or are contemplating quitting altogether.

This time around, the mission will first precede with a one day training of medical personnel on the ground, in the best practices to care for persons suffering from epilepsy, and then there will be monitoring and evaluation of the first batch of patients already diagnosed and put on anti-epileptic drugs. The neurologist will then conclude the medical mission with the screening of approximately 25 patients aged 25 and below ideally of school attendance.

We at the Gbm Foundation need your support

The Gbm Foundation presented by Mrs Bibiana Taku

The Gbm Foundation presented by Mrs Bibiana Taku

We don’t have the resources to take on more persons suffering from epilepsy, neither can we afford more than one neurologist. Our partner on the field the renowned Mary Health of Africa Fontem Hospital, neither have a neurologist nor the right equipment to perform the required electroencephalogram to aid with proper diagnosis before a treatment regime can be decided. Kindly do not hesitate to get involved knowing that even the smallest of contribution can make a whole difference in the life of not only person but their entire family and even community. Read Gabriel’s story to understand what we mean…

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