Fighting epilepsy: overview of a four-year project in Ghana
supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the WHO
In mid-September, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation participated in the Multi-country Workshop on Epilepsy which was held in Accra, Ghana, to mark the end of a four-year project supported by the Foundation. The various participants discussed the results of Ghana’s “Epilepsy Initiative” and drew attention to the different challenges still facing the treatment of this disease on the African continent.
Since the project began, more than 700 non-specialist health workers have been trained in handling epilepsy. The project has helped more than 4,000 people with epilepsy to receive treatment and reduce treatment gaps by a third. Awareness-raising meetings were held with religious leaders and traditional healers, and more than 20,000 people were educated about epilepsy as part of community outreach strategies.
This initiative has shown that there are simple, economical methods for treating epilepsy in resource-poor countries and that these methods can significantly reduce gaps in treatment. The project also served to validate its potential for nationwide rollout.