THE LAUNCH OF FAFANUKA KIFAFA/ EPILEPSY CARE SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY

April 10th 2014… Safaricom has partnered with KAWE (Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy) to roll out a service aimed at offering information and education to people living with epilepsy. 

The two organisations have partnered in an initiative dubbed “Epilepsy Care Service” which will have patients, caregivers and health workers benefit from useful health, adherence and epilepsy management tips. 

The service will also provide continued patient support, epilepsy treatment and compliance information, and awareness messaging aimed at reducing the stigma associated with epilepsy. 

The Epilepsy Care Service is the first service that will be offered under Safaricom’s platform dubbed Fafanuka which will be hosting more services that will provide information on other non-communicable diseases in the future.

Speaking during the launch, Safaricom’s Director of Strategy & Innovation, Mr. Joseph Ogutu noted that it was important to provide information on epilepsy to ensure that people could better manage the disease, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that is often associated with epilepsy.  I urge Kenyans to register for the service by dialling *215#’ he said.

Ministry of Health PS, Professor Fred Sigor noted over 800,000 people in Kenya suffer from epilepsy, and fewer than 20% have been identified, diagnosed and treated. “We aim to improve the quality of life of people living with epilepsy, empowering them to realize their full potential. We are also thankful to Safaricom Social Innovation for their generous support in helping us achieve our goal,” he said.

Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million people 40 million of them living in developing countries up to 90% of people with epilepsy in developing countries receive no treatment at all.

April 10th 2014… Safaricom has partnered with KAWE (Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy) to roll out a service aimed at offering information and education to people living with epilepsy. 

The two organisations have partnered in an initiative dubbed “Epilepsy Care Service” which will have patients, caregivers and health workers benefit from useful health, adherence and epilepsy management tips. 

The service will also provide continued patient support, epilepsy treatment and compliance information, and awareness messaging aimed at reducing the stigma associated with epilepsy. 

The Epilepsy Care Service is the first service that will be offered under Safaricom’s platform dubbed Fafanuka which will be hosting more services that will provide information on other non-communicable diseases in the future.

Speaking during the launch, Safaricom’s Director of Strategy & Innovation, Mr. Joseph Ogutu noted that it was important to provide information on epilepsy to ensure that people could better manage the disease, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that is often associated with epilepsy.  I urge Kenyans to register for the service by dialling *215#’ he said.

Ministry of Health PS, Professor Fred Sigor noted over 800,000 people in Kenya suffer from epilepsy, and fewer than 20% have been identified, diagnosed and treated. “We aim to improve the quality of life of people living with epilepsy, empowering them to realize their full potential. We are also thankful to Safaricom Social Innovation for their generous support in helping us achieve our goal,” he said.

Epilepsy affects approximately 50 million people 40 million of them living in developing countries up to 90% of people with epilepsy in developing countries receive no treatment at all.

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