Sr Franca de Simone pictured front row, second from right, with some of the people in the Cameroon with whom she worked
The Volunteer Award 2009 has been presented to Sr Franca de Simone for her work in the Cameroon.
The purpose of this Award is to highlight the dedication and selflessness of those who work without financial reward to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. The award is presented every two years to an individual who has carried out outstanding activities, on a voluntary basis, which have made a difference at national level.
Sr Franca is an Italian nursing religious sister, who began working in Cameroon 1980, in Nyamanga, an isolated area about 150 kilometres north of the capital Yaoundé.
Sr Francas activities are many-fold. By 2009 she was involved in the medical care of more than 700 people with epilepsy who attend the Health Centre or who are cared for by mobile clinics.
Sr France also worked to convince the government and Minister of Health of the urgent need to address the problem of epilepsy by the adoption and validation of national standards for epilepsy.
In 2007 she was presented with the Cameroon Order of Chevalier for her work with and dedication to the people of Cameroon.
To learn more about the work of Sr Franca de Simone, please click here to download the award presentation.
For more information on the Volunteer Award please click here