Eight exemplary people, who live extraordinary lives despite having epilepsy, were honoured in Manila, Philippines, at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress on 22nd March 2012.
Nominated by the national epilepsy organisation in their respective countries, each of the recipients of the IBE Outstanding Persons with Epilepsy Awards, have faced a range of problems that their diagnoses of epilepsy have created. Their inspiring life stories tell how they have achieved great things in their lives and have overcome the heavy culturally defined stigma and discrimination that exists in the South East Asian and Western Pacific Regions.
Each IBE Member in the South East Asian and Western Pacific regions may nominate a recipient, with procedures for selection determined by the member associations. The criteria for selection will usually take account of the following:
- Contribution to community service
- Longstanding support for people living with epilepsy
- Individual achievement (personal, professional, educational, sporting, creative)
- Longstanding advocate for epilepsy (community, political, media)
- Distinguished service to a local epilepsy support organization.
The recipients of the award in Manila were:
- Ms Yashoda Wakankar, India
- Mr Baldwin Chua Kho, Philippines
- Mr Purevjav Tsogtsakhan, Mongolia
- Mr Fai Ming Hung, Hong Kong
- Ms Yung-Chih Chen, Taiwan
- Mr Raffaele Martin, Australia
- Mr Hongquan Li, China
The awards will next be presented at the 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress in 2014.