Purple Day, 26th March 2022.
History of Purple Day
KAWE News Updates
History of Purple Day
March 26th 2022
Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia, Canada, founded Epilepsy Awareness Day with the first event held on March 26, 2008. Motivated by her own diagnosis and struggles of living with epilepsy, she realized the importance of everyone understanding this common neurological disorder. She created an avenue for people to learn, engage, and support the public’s education of epilepsy as well as dispel the myths and fears surrounding it.
Epilepsy is caused by electrical disturbances in the brain resulting in seizures of various types. It can be a scary condition to people who do not understand what is going on, which has led to many unnecessary assumptions and even laws about the disease and the capabilities of those who live with it. It’s the fourth most common neurological disorder after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s. Estimates show that one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their life.
In 2009, the Anita Kaufmann Foundation partnered with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia to launch Purple Day, bringing more collective attention and structured campaigns to the purpose of the day in the U.S. and internationally. Over 100,000 students, 95 workplaces, and 116 politicians participated in Purple Day events that same year.
The Anita Kaufmann Foundation trademarked Purple Day in 2011 and it has continued to expand its reach since.
October 19th 2022
The clinic was launched on the 19th of October 2021 with the partnership of the Irish Embassy, the Ministry of Health: Dr. Musa Mohammed (Deputy Director of Medical Services), Dr. Victor Kibe (MOH-NCD Division), Dr. Judy Gichuki (Starehe Sub-County DMOH) with other Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) representatives. KAWE was represented by Dr. Osman Miyanji, (Chairman), Mr. Patrick Ngechu (Program Coordinator), KAWE staff, and volunteers. Ms. Joyce Lukiri, (In Charge-Huruma Lions Facility). Community Health Workers of Starehe Sub-County were also represented. The theme was ‘Promoting Accessibility of Health for People with Epilepsy’. The launch began with a skit by the Community Health Workers where they were able to demonstrate epilepsy themes that included discrimination and stigma, how to deliver first aid with some wit, humor, and songs. Thereafter, representatives from the Chiefs and Ward Administrators’office sent their congratulatory messages and reiterated the commitment to better services and fruitful partnerships to improve service delivery.
The well-equipped facility with amenities like water and electricity and a new waiting bay will improve privacy for patients, create a safe working environment for staff as per the Covid19 MOH guidelines, create adequate storage space for filing and facilitate proper data collection on CDMS.