Neurological facilities in many developing countries are limited due to budget while some don’t have any permanent neurological staff or EEG and MRI equipment. Many people living in the suburbs of these countries are depending on the likes of natural medicines, religion and witch doctors to help treat their epilepsy because they are too far away from medical practices and can’t afford proper medicines.
In many countries there is also a lack of understanding as to what the causes of epilepsy are. Many people with epilepsy are being isolated due to a common fear of the condition being an infectious disease and linked to the devil. But when people learn about epilepsy they are always pleased to understand that they can still be friends without catching anything.
So the Epilepsy Footprint aim is to provide more funding in developing countries for:
Our main project at the moment is supporting the Gambia Epilepsy Association by providing funds towards
Many other projects in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia are on Epilepsy Footprint's list for helping when more funds become available. Medical equipment, medical supplies, support groups and epilepsy education is required in all of these countries too.
To provide ongoing epilepsy awareness, development and education to schools, businesses and community groups across the United Kingdom.
To help provide more epilepsy education and finance epilepsy support groups in developing countries across the world.
In The Gambia we will continue to work with the Gambia Epilepsy Association to provide funding for regular prescriptions to people in rural areas who can’t reach hospitals or clinics and provide epilepsy education in schools. Support will also continue to be provided to patients by visiting the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital where two weekly epilepsy clinics are held and to aid the training/teaching of people with epilepsy. We are also working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government to improve the medical supplies, neurological equipment and neurological staff.
Awareness of all developing countries is also being raised through presentations at international congresses.
Our current fundraising projects include finding a new compound to purchase as a permanent base, for the Gambia Epilepsy Association, where patient care rooms, patient accommodation, education classrooms and office space can be set up." ll of these countries too.