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Registration of people living with Epilepsy by the National Council for the People with Disabilities.

We are glad to announce that a substantial number of those that were assessed in May 2018 have been issued with the NCWPD cards. The issuing of these cards was held at the Karen epilepsy clinic on 12th September 2018. Mr David Muturi, a representative from the council launched the event by explaining the comprehensive benefits of being a registered member of the council, a few are listed below. Education support at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Provision of assistive devices for free Cash transfers for those with more than one form of disability Ksh 100, 000 for business start ups in group settings of 10 members and above. Tax exemption. No need to pay daily fee to Local Government for small businesses. Free parking on purchase of an annual  disability sticker valued at Ksh 100 from the council. It helps the Government to keep count of how many disabled people there are to be able to fairly distribute resources. He also explained what the card is not: It is not an ATM card, so don’t use it to withdraw money, nothing will come out It is not a NHIF card. It is not a mega rider card to pay your bus fare, so don’t give it to the bus conductor. There was caution on how to be a responsible card holder. The services that can be accessed by use of this card are for the card holder’s benefit only. It should not be used by anyone else under false pretense. The public has also been warned not to take advantage of a card holder’s benefits, it’s their right and the law is against such misuse. For us at KAWE, this is a breakthrough. Epilepsy in a family is a financial burden so we are always working hard to find every possible assistance our patients can acquire. Epilepsy does not only affect the sick member in a family, but the entire family both mentally and financially. Admittedly, in this first assessment session the criteria was not clearly defined, but Mr Moturi mentioned that in future their officers will put all matters into consideration in their assessment of people living with epilepsy. ‘Unlike many physical disabilities, epilepsy cannot be reviewed by a physical examination only,’ he noted. Mr. Moturi discussing the benefits of being a Disability Card holder. […]

By | September 26th, 2018|Partnership|4 Comments

NCWPD Assessment for people living with epilepsy

At the beginning of this month, KAWE achieved a milestone by collaborating with the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), to register people living with Epilepsy to the council. The total number of assessed persons from all the clinics was 291. In the past, this service has not been available to people living with [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Partnership|0 Comments

National Council for Persons with Disabilities Registration

KAWE has partnered with National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) to carry out registration at the Health Centres. Tentative dates are Karen: 2nd May, Karen Health Centre 3rd May, Riruta Health Centre 4th May. Huruma Lions Clinic Bring your KAWE clinic card,2 passport size photos and a copy of ID. For minors, parents' ID [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Partnership|4 Comments

Epilepsy Information in Sign Language for the Deaf

Please come over and support us in this project. Follow this link to view (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kenya-sign-language-epilepsy-information-video/)   There are an estimated 1 million cases of Epilepsy in Kenya. There are over 600,000 deaf people in Kenya many of them affected by Epilepsy either as caregivers or patients. They lack access to medical services because information on [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Partnership|1 Comment

*215# FAFANUKA Activation

*215# is the new hash tag after KAWE’s Initiative dubbed FAFANUKA was activated last week in association with Safaricom. FAFANUKA is a mobile platform that provides information on Epilepsy causes, first aid and information regarding other non-communicable diseases in Kenya. The pilot platform started out as M-kifafa,  a platform that had been created to provide [...]

By | May 30th, 2017|Partnership|0 Comments

Influencing and Partnerships: Epilepsy Awareness Caravan

 Between the months of July and October, KAWE, in association with Lotto Foundation and respective County Health Governments was involved in an awareness caravan. The Caravan, dubbed Komesha Kifafa  focused on areas in the  country where Epilepsy is still highly stigmatised. The events leading up to the Caravan included visiting the 12  County Health [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Partnership|0 Comments

*215# Enters the Shark Tank

A staggering figure of 800,000 people in Kenya  are on record as having Epilepsy but 80% are not under treatment. This is caused mainly by lack of information, mis-information and stigma. To try and curb this deficiency,  Safaricom Kenya, ANDREF and KAWE created M-Kifafa. M-Kifafa is an SMS platform that was developed to create [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Partnership|2 Comments

Kenya’s Mental Health Policy now available.

On May 17th, 2016, the first Mental Health Policy was launched. The purpose of the policy is to provide a benchmark to measure goals set for quality mental health provision in the country. KAWE officials were present since Epilepsy was one of the conditions discussed. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it takes third [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Partnership|0 Comments

National Guidelines for the Management of Epilepsy

On 8th February 2016, the second edition of Epilepsy Guidelines was launched. This was in association with local and international Epilepsy care and treatment bodies. The main goal of epilepsy management is to help individuals with epilepsy as well as their families gain knowledge, treatment and support. This step by step guide is also [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Partnership|0 Comments

National Strategy for the Prevention of NCDs 2015-2010

The Kenya Ministry of Health in association with affiliated bodies has launched the Kenya National Strategy for the prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs). The strategic document focuses on ten strategic objectives that are key to the reduction of the burden of NCDs. The Government is committed to working with Development partners and civil Society [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Partnership|0 Comments