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Zimbabwe National Epilepsy Week celebrated

8 October, 2003

The Epilepsy Support
Foundation (ESF), in conjunction with the Ministry
of Health and Child Welfare
, has celebrated Zimbabwe's National Epilepsy Week,
according to a report in the Harare
Herald
.

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
low self-esteem:

"People are
ignorant of what epilepsy is and associate it with witchcraft and other
bizarre
things."

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."