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 Departments in their respective Counties to acquire permissions to carry out this public awareness. On receiving the permits, the KAWE team which included KAWE staff and medical volunteers traversed the Caravan route, preparing people to come and be educated.
The result was; many marked their calendars and on the days the caravan showed up, the audience was satisfactory.
There is only so much that can be covered through public awareness, so the team responsible packaged the information to educate in a short,simple,and captivating way. There was drama and dance, there was audience participation and competitions. All this bringing back the main message:
- Epilepsy is a medical illness.
- Anybody can suffer from Epilepsy.
- Epilepsy is not Witchcraft.
- Epilepsy is treatable.
The result of this is that in both the existing epilepsy clinics in Kenya and those launched in the course of the caravan, the number of new patients has escalated. Reports indicate that there is at least one new patient in every clinic session.
This year’s Caravan has come to a closure with great results.
Thanks to all who gave support and participated in this great movement.