Even though Nepal boasts grandeur in cultural and natural diversity, more than 75 % of total population (Total Population – about 27 million) are still dependent in agriculture and more than 70 % of the total population is still below the poverty line. About 1 % of total population, which is increasing, are living with epilepsy and many unrecorded mortalities and deaths could be due to epilepsy and related diseases. According to Central Bureau of Statistics till 2007/2008 only 4396 health centres are being run by the government nationwide. Hence the majority of population are deprived from the health services.
Nepal Epilepsy Association (NEA) is launching a short documentary which will work as a method of electronic media awareness. This documentary will be based on the social stigma of epilepsy, its impact on society and the possible ways of prevention and treatment of the epilepsy. After production, it will be telecasted on various national television channels including the government-owned TV Channel .This documentary will also be shown to the locals who come for the treatment to various camps and in NEAs epilepsy clinics at Lazimpat, Kathmandu and Dolakha.
The project will receive US$5,000 from the Promising Strategies Program