Study Reveals Epilepsy Prevalence and Treatment Barriers in Uganda, Urgent Need for Awareness and Resources
Dr. Nekesa highlighted the importance of grassroots awareness to combat stigma, and urged the government to allocate adequate human resources and support from health workers to encourage peer talks and build confidence among people living with epilepsy.
“We should increase the drug availability in health facilities and make sure that a person with epilepsy is able to get medication whenever they need it. Epilepsy is not understood by everyone so if everybody understands epilepsy it would be easier for treatment and stigma to go down and integration of epilepsy in every service that is given to the community”. Said Dr. Nekesa.
Highlights on the humanity grant awarded to the ULCA members (urban local coalition accelerator)
International epilepsy day
International epilepsy day is celebrated every Monday of the second week of February annually. It is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries. People with epilepsy, organisations of people with epilepsy, ministries, and other partners in the health sector take part in the celebrations. This years theme is: "Epilepsy is beyond seizures"
Information on the basic preventive measures against Corona Virus is being disseminated among health workers, CSOs and persons with epilepsy in the westnile, central and western regions of the country as some of ESAU's Covid19 response activities. This is coupled with the supply of anti-epileptic drugs, food items and cash to help boost the immunity of her members and their caretakers in the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.
ESAU takes consideration of legal requirements mandated for all NGOs to meet annually. In fulfillment of this requirement on this day, 12th February 2021, the association held her annual general meeting and in attendance were 36 delegates from all regions in Uganda.