National Epilepsy Week – Ethiopia
The First Ever National Epilepsy Week was celebrated in Ethiopia.
The twenty-second of May was the finale day of the First ever National Epilepsy Week in the history of Ethiopia. This historical day was initiated and carried out by CareEpilepsy Ethiopia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The day that everyone was waiting for, People from different backgrounds came and took part in the walk for epilepsy.
From the Ministry of Health, (Dr. Tedla W/Giorgis Mental Health Advisor to the Minister), and Ms. Enat Founder/CEO of CareEpilepsy gave speeches and the drama group held a very touching performance about a girl who was affected by epilepsy. The drama depicted her experience of being a victim of epilepsy within the modern Ethiopian society.
Finally, the walk began, and over three hundred people took to the streets of Addis and made quite an unforgettable as they paraded around the Mexico town square.
Although the National Epilepsy Week only lasted, as the name implies, for seven days, it is well worth noting that all the work of the volunteers and the staff of CareEpilepsy was not the kind that would be done in seven days alone; as a matter of fact, the hardworking and faithful staff of our organization had labored day and night to make our vision a reality.
We would personally like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, volunteers and all the people that helped us reach where we are now. Last, but definitely not least, We would also like to thank Enat Yewnetu for bringing a topic of such importance to the attention of the Ethiopian people. The week from May 15th to May 22th may have been Ethiopia’s first National Epilepsy Week, but it will definitely not be her last. There is still a lot of work to be done and CareEpilepsy will always be there for the Ethiopian people.