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Karen Epilepsy Facility Launch

In a move to improve health services at our Epilepsy clinics, KAWE has launched its second fully operative clinic at the Karen Health center. Previously, the clinic was been operating within the health center’s premises but now will have its own secluded and self sufficient area within the grounds, this is with support from Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). Among the speakers were Dr Sahra Mohamed (Ministry of Health Langata  Sub-County), Mr Greg Miyanga (County Partnership Coordinator-Health services), Dr Owiti representing Dr Mahat J Mohammed(Chief Officer of Health services),  Ms Stella Chege (KCDF),  Mr David Moturi (National Council for The Persons with Disabilities), Ms Mary Kinyajui (In Charge of Karen Health Centre facility ) Mr Kitonyo (a  Community Health Workers’ representative, Langata) and KAWE’s member of the Board Mr K’Anjejo, As an introduction, Dr Mohammed talked about the goals that the Sub county health putting in pace in terms of surveillance, health and education, support of the Beyond zero campaign, TB patient coordination and follow up. She mentioned the fact that some programmes have been at a stall at the health center due to lack of space. Mr K’Anjejo next gave a brief of the existing epilepsy education gap which is the reason why in spite of the 5000 patients registered at the Karen clinic, only 2000 are active. KAWE has continued to counter this through continued health operator’s training, in order to gunner support in the case of defaulting patients. He raised the question of the best mode of assistance that can be accorded to people living with epilepsy. Is it by giving them jobs? He thanked the Nairobi County for provision of the grounds and had a request that just as funds are being driven into other immediate illnesses, the same be done for epilepsy. On behalf of KAWE he thanked the NCWPD for the partnership in registration of people with epilepsy and brought up the point of the need to adjust assessment practices. “A person with epilepsy may look as normal as the next person, so please consider that.” Mr Miyanga spoke about the different types of epilepsy and the need for parents to be very observant of their children. “The widely known type of epilepsy is status epilepticus which in most cases is as a result of mismanagement.” He also challenged the Kenyan public to do more to help epilepsy patients, “ there is no point of just staring at the person or recording a video to post on social media, help the person.” “Each one must do something worthwhile on earth before going to the grave.” He said. To KAWE, he exhorted them to ensure the anti- convulsants are available at the health center so they can be accessible even on non clinic days. Dr Owiti spoke on  the need for health centers to focus on the vulnerable in the society. He called on partners to support the epilepsy mandate along with a bill that will support the people on the ground, that is the Community Health Volunteers through provision of a monthly stipend. Mr Moturi spoke on the need for the media to pick up real stories such as this one, on the availability of weekly epilepsy clinics, of success stories of people with epilepsy patients. He called on Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), faith based organizations and individuals. “The fact is, international donors are pulling out, they know we can pull our weight. You don’t have to give much because even giving a person with epilepsy some cash for his bus fare  to the clinic or some lunch money makes you a donor.” Ms Kinyajui led the ribbon cutting and the revealing of the brand new facility. Looking forward to other great events such as these. picking up the reports Dr Owiti’s speech New beginnings are always better with cake.   […]

By | October 9th, 2018|Health|0 Comments

Seizure Free at last

Bouncing Back: Anthony’s story I was living a normal life as a bus driver for a catholic school. I also was achieving as an administrator handling cash receipts and deposits. I was also overseeing the casual laborers in the school. I would pick up the pupils in the morning and drop them off in the [...]

By | September 25th, 2018|shareyourstory|10 Comments

A Parent’s Journey: John Munuve Mutio.

To all the fathers who stayed in spite of things. In celebration of  father's day, we caught up with a father who stands above the rest in support of his daughter who has epilepsy. John Munuve Mutio is the father of Lilian Ndinda, one of our patients at Mathare Huruma Lions clinic. We [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|shareyourstory, Uncategorized|0 Comments


  In her own words: Vallent Athiambo In the year 1990 on 23rd of January on a Saturday at around mid day, a beautiful baby girl was born in mission hospital in Migori District now in Migori County. As usual the parents and relatives were very happy and grateful to God but the mum’s joy [...]

By | May 10th, 2017|shareyourstory|2 Comments

Winfred’s tight battle against Stigma towards epilepsy

As a person living with epilepsy, Winfred Wanja  has faced every kind of stigma in the book. She was shunned by people even before she knew she had epilepsy and on confirmation, more people exited from her life. A mother of two, what keeps her going is the knowledge that God knows her situation, and [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|shareyourstory, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alex Muli is Putting Epilepsy in the Picture

In commemoration of International Epilepsy Day, we asked people living with epilepsy, friends of KAWE to share their  story, in line with this year’s theme of putting epilepsy in the picture. After posting the story of Kabemba Mwale as featured in the Lusaka Times, we got responses from within Kenya from people leaving with epilepsy [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|shareyourstory|2 Comments