In barely 24 hours, the vision to publish and distribute invaluable handbooks of epilepsy for school teachers will be reality. The long awaited event will take place precisely on November 2nd 2017, and the Gbm Foundation for epilepsy and mental wellbeing will be on this maiden occasion distribute over 2000 copies of the Teachers’ handbook on Epilepsy for Schools to teachers from a cross section of schools in the littoral region of Cameroon. This distribution has been made possible thanks to the generous donation in the form of the printing of 11000 copies of the Teachers Handbook on Epilepsy by our sponsor UFA SHOW & FACTUAL GmbH Germany.
It should be recalled that, the need for a Teachers’ handbook on Epilepsy for Schools, arose pursuant to the result of a baseline survey, commissioned by the Gbm-em Centre in the pilot area of the Lebialem Division in the South West Region of Cameroon. The baseline study was to determine the prevalence of epilepsy and mental illness in the Lebialem Division. Most cases identified, had actually been pulled out of school because there was abject misunderstanding of epilepsy, fear in it being contagious, and lack of awareness in any possible and basic treatment. The Teachers’ handbook on Epilepsy for Schools, is aimed at sensitizing teachers and students as identified caregivers of people living with epilepsy in the school milieu.
The event will be preceded by a training of teachers by Doctor Cyrille Nkouonlack (MD Hons) DSSC, DFMS who wrote the handbook. The teachers present will then be expected to return to their various schools and train not only their peers but also the pupils and students on epilepsy and the dos and don’t when a fellow pupil or student suffers a seizure in school.
Kindly Get Involved
The Gbm Foundation for epilepsy and mental wellbeing is contributing its mite, via various forms of sensitization and outreach projects to bring epilepsy out of the shadows, but we desperately needs all the support she can get to keep up with such endeavours. We collaborate with other national and international bodies to spread the word against the stigma surrounding persons living with epilepsy and mental illness, and share some solidarity and assistance. However, as a barely three year old organization, our outreach is still limited especially due to unavailable human and other resources. Together, we can achieve more, do not hesitate to contact us or make a donation so that the remaining handbooks could be distributed to other schools all over the country.