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.