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The Gbm Foundation recently launched a project in the Lebialem Division of Cameroon in Africa dubed: “Inclusive Education For Young Epileptics” – You can read the project report here. The project is in line with efforts to demystify epilepsy in Cameroon, and from some of the experiences gathered below, epilepsy is still so much of a mysterious and difficult to manage condition, due largely also to the prevailing extreme poverty of some patients in the pilot area.

Mrs Bibiana Taku and Little Gabriel

Mrs Bibiana Taku and Little Gabriel

Meet Gabriel, the second son of Ursula. His mother, who is a single parent, is epileptic and his aunt too is epileptic. They all live with his grandfather who cannot afford the cheapest anti-epileptic drugs for his mother and his aunt. At 3 years old he weighed 3,5kgs and needed charity for feeding. The epilepsy has affected the mental health of his aunt and his mum who also need charity to get their medication. Dr. Cyril, the neurologist and Juliette, gbm’s volunteer contributed for 3 months’ worth of phenobarbital for his mother and his aunt….  Guess what the future holds for Gabriel?

Winifred Mbomwoh

Winifred Mbomwoh

Meet Winifred Mbomwoh, she had a seizure while preparing food for the family and fell on the fire and got burnt. Her left hand eventually got amputated her husband sent her back to her parent because he could not tolerate the disability. Guess how she manages to get anti-epileptic drugs?

Tandugang Terence

Tandugang Terence

Meet Tandungang Terence, he is 40 years old. He dropped out of secondary school because of the seizures and now lives with his parents. He has been on phenobarbital and his seizures are still uncontrolled. He fell on the fire as a result of seizure and lost some of his fingers and now lives with the disability.

Awunjia Carine

Awunjia Carine

Meet Carine (whose mother is also epileptic), she is 13 years old and has never been to school. She started having convulsions when she was 3 months old but these were not addressed. She eventually became epileptic and complications have led to mental health issues. Her mother has to buy her anti-epileptic drugs as well as Carine’s…

Call For Sponsorship

Diagnosis costs 15.000 frs Cfa, while basic medical treatment per month have been evaluated at 6000 frs Cfa. Therefore, with approximately 100.000 frs Cfa, one child could benefit from proper diagnosis and basic treatment for an entire year.

Your generous sponsorship will enable these children return to school and their families will be able to hope and keep Faith in a bright future for their child. Kindly get involved therefore and support the Gbm Foundation in this noble mission.

 

 

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The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing maintains this blog to contribute towards the fight against all forms of stigma, rejection and abuses of epileptics and mentally ill from the social and medical systems.

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