In Zimbabwe, as in most parts of Africa, epilepsy is misunderstood and as a result, people with this condition suffer stigma, exclusion and discrimination. This is a major reason why people with epilepsy are not receiving treatment. The African Declaration on Epilepsy admits this problem and advocates that epilepsy programmes should target communities with information about this condition
The Epilepsy Support Foundation (ESF) is a registered (1190) voluntary welfare organization established in 1990 to support the welfare of people living with epilepsy through treatment, education, awareness advocacy, networking, medication, diagnosis, counseling and social support services.
Their project consists in initiating an innovative lobbying and advocacy programme whereby people with epilepsy speak and write about their condition, successes and challenges. These testimonies will be available in books, DVDs and as adverts in the print and electronic media. The testimonies shall be in different formats (audio, print and video) and also in multiple languages.
- To publish, print and distribute an inspirational book written by 5 people with epilepsy detailing their lives with epilepsy and how they have overcome the condition.
- To promote epilepsy awareness through the public media with the use of multiple languages and formats using testimonies of people with epilepsy.
The project will receive US$5,000 from the Promising Strategies Program.