Epilepsy Foundation enlists provincial co-ordinators

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Harare (New Ziana) –THE Epilepsy Support Foundation ESF) is enlisting individuals in areas that it operates to identify people with the condition who require medication, an official has said.

ESF research and advocacy manager, Taurai Kadzviti, told New Ziana that the move was aimed at identifying as many people as possible to provide with anti-epileptic medication.

“We are currently implementing the provincial co-ordinators programme, where we have dedicated individuals in the provinces we are operating in, to try to connect and co-ordinate as much as possible, a greater number of people with epilepsy,” he explained.

Kadzviti said at the moment the foundation was operating in Mutare, Harare, Mashonaland East, West and Central, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and Masvingo provinces.

“So, currently we have co-ordinators in those provinces, who are co-ordinating programmes for the foundation,” he said.

Through registers, which the co-ordinators kept, the foundation distributes medication in collaboration with the local clinics.

The ESF has been using these structures to distribute the medication since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, he explained.

The programme has seen many people benefiting, as some who had kept their condition secret came out, after seeing others receiving free medication.

“This has helped a significant number of people as those that were in the shadows have come out after seeing others receiving treatment or medication. We normally give two to three months’ supply of anti-epileptic medication,” he said, adding that so far the foundation had supported half of the members of every branch or support group.

Kadzviti urged people with epilepsy to go and register with the co-ordinators or at their local clinics, as the foundation only supported those that have been diagnosed.

“Funds permitting, we intend to extend to more areas, especially where clinics are having challenges in distributing medication,” he said.

The ESF is a private voluntary organisation, which was established in 1990 with the primary objective of improving the lives of people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviour, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness.

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