Demystifying Epilepsy at Ground Zero in Tharaka Nithi County.

To create a case for adoption by Counties and use of bottom-up approach by use of cultural custodians and Chiefs who are the link between the community and the National Government.

KAWE advocates for 90-80-70, a WHO adopted resolution that addresses challenges and gaps in providing care and services for People with Epilepsy and other neurological disorders and ensuring a comprehensive coordinated response across sectors.

KAWE has sensitized chiefs, Midwives, Medical health workers, Community Health Workers, Prisons personnel, and Educational institutions (Chuka Boys Highschool and Chuka Girls Highschool) in Tharaka Nithi, to increase Epilepsy Awareness from the grassroots by demystifying cultural beliefs, reducing stigma and discrimination in the society leading to more people seeking treatment hence reducing treatment gap. Building Community pharmacies by educating the communities on the importance of owning, operating, and running epilepsy pharmacies . The IGAP implementation is also being done in Machakos, Kilifi, and Mombasa Counties. Community-led support groups have been formed at identified health facilities for access to the government initiative and support for people with disabilities. An Epilepsy advocacy toolkit training targeting NCD County Health Representative, Health Promotions Officer, Epilepsy CBOs chairpersons, Persons with Disability where dissemination and sensitization on epilepsy National guidelines, IGAP and the Kenya National Strategic Plan for the prevention and control of Non-communicable Diseases.