The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing, is putting everything in place to join the world on the 22nd of July as it celebrates the World Brain Day.
Our Brains Our Future
The first World Brain Day, was celebrated in 2014 as an initiative of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). The theme was “Our Brains Our Future”. It was launched as a global campaign designed to promote awareness about brain and neurological diseases and to promote brain health. Yet, Brain Health is probably one of the most neglected health aspects in modern world, unless there is a full blown brain crisis. Yet still, if we considered our brains for what they truly are, the link to any bright future, we should take care of our brains which are the gateway to mental wellbeing in general.
This World Brain Day campaign on epilepsy would like to emphasise on prevention. The most important causes of epilepsy include peri-natal brain injury, infections, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. All of these conditions are preventable.
The WHO stance
In January 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) approved a board resolution and a call for coordinated efforts to address health, social and public knowledge implications of epilepsy. This is a landmark event for creating improved awareness and care across the world especially resource limited countries. Hence, World Brain Day activities will be organised in collaboration with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and International Bureau of Epilepsy (IBE). WFN is working with WHO to organise a joint press conference on 22 July, 2015.
Activities planned by the Gbm Foundation
In line with the nature of the activities and the campaign planned and promoted by the WFN, the Gbm Foundation is officially launching its Let’sDare2Talk About it Campaign on the 22nd. The Foundation has produced a manual in collaboration with a renowned neurologist, titled:
In the words of Mrs Bibiana Taku the National Programme Director and mother of Gabriel Bebonbechem, ” The proper diagnosis, the treatment and inclusion of epileptics in Cameroon is a major challenge and a strategy is yet to be put in place to address the issues. The gbm-em foundation & center advocates for improved understanding of epilepsy, access to proper diagnosis, treatment and inclusion of epileptics as a mandatory aspect of the wellbeing for all in the community. This document is produced for the celebration of the 2015 World Day of the Brain whose theme is epilepsy and also in honor of Gabriel BEBONBECHEM who lived with epilepsy for 18 years and died on August 2nd 2014.
You are all invited to get involved
Other activities planned include various round table discussions and distribution of sensitization and advocacy materials. You are all kindly invited to get involved so we could all learn and contribute on how to take care of, and protect Our Brains Our Future.