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Call for aid to help Liberians with epilepsy

15 January, 2003

The head of the organisation assisting the 17,000 people with epilepsy in Liberia has called for international assistance, saying that the condition is "gradually destroying" the workforce of the nation.

According to a report in The Monrovia News, Mr D Siaffa Morris, National Program Director for the Liberia National Christian Institute for Epilepsy, said that more attention and support was being given to HIV/AIDS and polio without considering how the rise in the number of cases of epilepsy was causing serious problems for the manpower of the country.

Mr Morris explained that the priority was with refugees and displaced people who were unable to buy anti-epileptic drugs. The Institute were seeking assistance from groups such as the International Bureau for Epilepsy to help them support people with epilepsy and their families in the country.