Our Project Activities
CareEpilepsy’s activities/programmes focus on improving access to medical care and antiepileptic drugs, raising awareness of epilepsy, improving the well-being of people living with epilepsy and promoting the needs of people with epilepsy through various advocacy partnership efforts.
We have established Youth for Epilepsy Ethiopia volunteering programme which consists of high school pupils and university students from different backgrounds. By using younger and fresher minds CareEpilepsy Ethiopia has found fun and creative ways to raise epilepsy awareness.
- We facilitated access to Epilepsy care and covered the cost of anti-epileptic medications for over 100 patients who were not receiving medical care or unable to purchase medication.
- We have established a rehabilitation centre for Epilepsy that provides training in life skills, vocational skills, and self-management skills for people with Epilepsy.
- Produced and distributed Epilepsy Information leaflet to hospitals and health centres in Addis Ababa and other regions.
- 150 volunteers received a half-day in-house training course on Epilepsy.
- Epilepsy First Aid training was provided for 2700 pupil in 15 schools.
Income Generating Activities
- Care-Craft – We established CareCraft, an income-generating programme, which supports people with Epilepsy economically, thereby promoting their self-sufficiency and respect from their communities.
- Handmade Cards – we provided 30 hours card making class for patients with epilepsy. Volunteers provided the training and helped them make unique creative card and Christmas cards for the Raddison Blu Hotel.
- Counselling Service: We established counseling service to provide practical advice to people with Epilepsy and their families to cope with the challenges of living with Epilepsy.
- HelpLine: We have established a 24/7 telephone Helpline where we offer up-to-date health and care information.
- Patient Support Group: We set up a patient support group which meets monthly to provide clinical information about Epilepsy and living with epilepsy to help people with epilepsy have improved knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and practices in relation to epilepsy to achieve improved well-being.
- Campaigns: We campaigned for epilepsy to bring down the barriers and raise awareness of epilepsy in the community and in other professions using walk, the media, and social media. These include Print (Newspaper, Pamphlets), Electronic (TV, Radio, DVD), & New-age (Internet, Mobile) Media.
- National Epilepsy Week: 2016:
- The walk was held in Addis Ababa
- We were able to secure the active participation of the Oromia and Tigray Regional Health Bureau and Mekele and Jimma University.
- Epilepsy information leaflets and posters were distributed in Addis Ababa and regional offices.
- A two-day, live, phone-in on FM 102.2 station which covers all of Tigray in which questions by the public were answered by a renowned neurologist.
- Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau, Bureau of Finance and Economic Development (BoFED), Yeka Sub-city, and Bench Maji Zone to engage in promoting Epilepsy care.
- We had speaking opportunities at various government hospitals and health centers and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Ethiopia who ended up being involved in teaching at our patient support group meetings.