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.
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?
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.