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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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.

4 thoughts on “The Gbm-em Foundation joins the list of HIFA Supporting organizations…

    1. Dear Kitt,
      Thank you so much. Comments like yours are most motivational in our campaign to bring epilepsy out of the Shadows

  1. Dear Gbm-em,

    I believe it is never to late to be happy , to rejoice and to Congratulate those who work for excellence. Congratulations once again Gbm-em for your support to the HIFA.In fact your interest in the HIFA goes along with HIFA’s vision ” A world where every person and every health worker will have access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of others”. It really now matters to be health literate.

    I seize this opportunity to emphasize on the tremedous work you are doing and that still needs to be done in making mental healthcare an important priority in Cameroon’s health system. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder with severe mental health and wellbeing issues in cameroon. Many mental disorders also exist within the cameroonian population (Depression, Generalised anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, mental retardation, specific learning disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, just to same a few) all these disorders affect wellbeing and productivity of the sufferes. Yet a great majority of Cameroonians still are ignorant of what mental health is and what mental disorders are. Indeed, there is no public health without public mental health!

    As we move through the months of this year (2016), we are rapidly coming closer to the World Mental Health Day (WMHD) with great excitement. The WMHD is organized by the World Health Organisation (WHO) each year. The World Mental Health Federation annouced the them of WMHD 2016 : “Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All”. Psychological and Mental Health First Aid For All is mental healthcare information made available for all. The availability and access to mental healthcare information requires amongst many other things that data on mental health should be available and accessed. Psychological and Mental Health First Aid For All is only possible in a world where mental health is made a priority. A world where mental health literacy is made an essential feature of school programmes. . For this endeavour to come true investing in mental healthcare in Cameroon and african countries in general is extremenly essential. Without this investment the work of several public and private organisations, health and mental health professionals, would yield very minimal efforts.

    We are happy to feel that things are progressing in Cameroon. The First Cameroonian days Of Mental Health held from the 15th to the 17th of December 2015 was clear evidence of this progress. Yet lots of things still needs to be done. We are willing to work hard to make mental health issues be given their place. Collaboration with all interested in mental health developement is vital because mental health is everyone’s buisness.In this process, mental healthcare information and mental health information are imperatives! For they can significantly improve on the wellbeing and lives of many Cameroonian patients , families and communities!

    We are grateful to be supported by the only mental health advocacy organisation in Cameroon.

    All the Best Gbm-em!

    Didier Demassosso
    HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon
    School Counsellor/Mental Health Worker

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