‘Life is beautiful’, that was this year’s theme for the widely celebrated International Epilepsy Day.

All over the world, different groups came together to mark this day. At KAWE, our commemoration was tied together with the official opening of the Riruta epilepsy clinic.

Though it has been operating since 1986 under the County Health Centre facility, it was time to invest in more space to cater for the growing number of patients registered at the clinic. This clinic has  an average of 3,000  active patients.

Among those present was KAWE’s Chairman of the board, our partners in the County Health Fraternity, Kenya Community Development Foundation(KCDF), Cheshire Disability Services Kenya(CDSK), KAWE volunteers and registered members from our other clinics, friends of KAWE and guests.

‘If you want to run fast, you do it alone, but if you want to walk far, you need people.’ This was the opening remark made by Mr Patrick Munyau from KCDF. He commented on the continuing need for support for organisations  that endeavor to provide assistance to selected groups in the society. He mentioned there still is a great  need for people living with epilepsy  to get assistance, and for an organization like KAWE  that depends on funding from other people, durability of the support was a main challenge Thus the need for other sectors to step in. KCDF played a key role in funding the new premises  for Riruta clinic.

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Dr Vicky Maiyo reminded the audience the need for support of people living with epilepsy as well as organisations that support the cause.

‘When it doesn’t affect you directly, you might feel like the challenge is not there.’

Dr Osman Miyanji, KAWE’s chairman of the Board broadened the motion by indicating how the disease burden is amplified in people living with epilepsy.

He noted that if a member of the family has epilepsy, the siblings are affected, the family is affected, and to a certain extent a portion of his close society is also affected.

‘KAWE was formed in order to fill the gap both in education and treatment of epilepsy. Google is not  always enough for epilepsy information in this case.’

One of our volunteers, Mr Oscar from Riruta clinic encouraged parents to speak kindly to their children that are living with epilepsy.

‘Let them know that they are just like their peers.’

After the ribbon was cut to inaugurate the new premises, all in attendance were invited for refreshments, then the clinic was open for the day to those that had clinic appointments.

All in all, it was a beautiful day for all present.

Dr Rose Misati giving a speech

Dr Rose Misati giving a speech

Dr Rose Misati concluded by offering a vote of thanks to all in attendance. She gave a brief history of KAWE’s efforts, core values and future hopes.

After the ribbon was cut to inaugurate the new premises, all in attendance were invited for refreshments, then the clinic was open for the day to those that had clinic appointments.

All in all, it was a beautiful day for all present.