Most people living with epilepsy in Uganda had no access to regular medical care or medication as recently as 2010, according to the World Health Organisation. In Uganda, about 215 people in every 100,000 suffer from epilepsy, according to recent estimates, compared to 50 per 100,000 in the UK.
Since 2012, Accomplish and our partners on the ground have made huge progress in reaching people with this controllable disability, receiving international recognition for our pioneering satellite clinic approach. The results have been outstanding, with over 600 children now registered with our clinics.
Based on the population size of Kasese and Bwera (the two districts where our six clinics are held) we are now reaching about 25% of the expected population suffering from epilepsy. Before these clinics were established, less than 1% of epilepsy sufferers accessed treatment. These statistics show great progress as well as a huge need for more services.
Our clinics take place in locations chosen by the people we treat and combine medical care, peer support and education. There is great engagement from community leaders who seek out people in their villages and encourage them to attend. This is a far cry from years gone by when children would be locked in dark rooms and often neglected through fear of contagion or bewitching.
Our aim is to replicate these clinics and move into other areas of Uganda with our other partner organisations.
So we are making the quest to bring hope to people suffering from epilepsy our 2018 Christmas Campaign.
It costs £5 to provide epilepsy medication to five children for a month.
It costs £10 to pay for an outreach worker to visit villages for a week and identify people with epilepsy.
It costs £25 to run one satellite clinic with a clinical officer, charity worker and pharmacist. (The clinics are held monthly.)
We would like to raise £5,000 this Christmas to broaden our outreach work, extend our clinics and greatly improve the lives of children and young people living with epilepsy in Uganda.
Please join our campaign by donating online or sending a cheque to Accomplish Children’s Trust at 2 Byron Court, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3PY. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can make your donation go 25% further with Gift Aid.
Thank you and Happy Christmas!