Epilepsy is a common problem in the rural areas of Nigeria and Guinea Bissau. Causes can be diverse: meningitis, parasites, unknown. Due to frequent seizures children and adults with epilepsy often also have burn wounds, infections and scars. Often epilepsy is seen as contagious which may hinder children to go to school and adults to have lasting relationships.
In the Community
In the target area of CBR Effata people with epilepsy are registered and treated with Phenobarbital. CBR Effata has done some surveys about the prevalence of epilepsy, causes of epilepsy and treatment of epilepsy. Articles can be downloaded here.