The newspaper quoted
a social worker with the ESF, Charity Manyonga, said the aim of this
year's event was to educate people about epilepsy
and empower those living with it. She said there was a lot of stigma
attached to the condition, which resulted in those living with it having
ignorant of what epilepsy is and associate it with witchcraft and other
As part of its efforts to educate the public about epilepsy, the Epilepsy
National Week team spent the week going to different schools in Harare
informing and educating pupils, teachers and parents about the condition
as well as distributing pamphlets with information on it. Epilepsy awareness
programmes were also aired on radio and television.
Ms Manyonga commented:
"We recorded some success
because since we embarked on the awareness drive, we have started receiving
phone calls from people who want us
to come to their organisations and hold counselling sessions."