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"Forty million people with epilepsy in Africa" - patients' group

17 February, 2005

Epilepsy remains
"critically unresolved" in Africa and 40 million of the world's 50
million people with the condition live on the continent, according to
the Gambian Epilepsy Association (GEA).

Reported
in the Banjul Independent, the GEA's executive, Phillip Chiga, said
that many people with epilepsy in Africa are subject to stigma and
discrimination in schools and the home with some of them rejected by
society and forced to live on the streets.

Mr
Chiga added that 70 per cent of people with the condition could be
treated with anti-epileptic drugs and that the GEA sponsors people with
condition, supporting them in their schooling, providing accommodation
and often fares to collect medication.