Help Medical Mission for Epilepsy

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Raised by 11 people in 29 days
About the Medical Mission

The Gbm Foundation for epilepsy and mental wellbeing is organizing a an enlarged medical mission to its pilot area of the Lebialem division in the SW Region of Cameroon from the 21-23 of April 2017. The misssion is led by the CNN Hero Dr Georges Bwelle and his team of specialists : Kindly Check out the press release by our Board Chairman  Chief Charles Taku for details of the noble mission ...

About the Foundation

The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing was founded in September 2014 by Mrs. Bibiana Taku, in memory of her son, Gabriel Bebonbechem who lived and died at the prime age of 33, after having spent 18 years living with epilepsy and eventually a mental illness. He was full of talents and potential, but his dreams, hopes and aspirations, were brought to a halt by his medical and stigmatized condition. In the words of his sister, he was a genius who ended up a simpleton, and she shares salient aspects of his perilous journey in the memoir published after his demise.

Being one of the pioneer of such outreach and advocacy initiatives operating in the geographical region of Cameroon in Africa, the Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing seeks to contribute towards the achievement of Gabriel Bebonbechem's dream posthumously, as well as contribute towards the fight against all forms of stigma, rejection and abuses of persons living with epilepsy and mental illness.

The foundation has led successful sensitization campaigns on epilepsy using the print media, community radios in English, pidgin and local languages, and the national radio. A massively attended walk to bring epilepsy out of the shadows was equally organized in October 2015. These projects have been successfully carried out in collaboration with schools, churches, government health and social services, and traditional rulers in its pilot project area of Fontem in the South West Region, and other parts of the Country like Buea, Douala and Yaounde.

The Foundation thereby seeks to contribute to research on epilepsy, and join the fight against the taboo, stigmatization, unawareness, rejection and outright abuse of persons suffering from epilepsy and the mentally challenged in our society, guided by empathy, respect, inclusiveness and justice for the vulnerable and persons with disabilities.

Target Beneficiaries of the Medical Mission

Our Target beneficiaries range from Children to old people, and as many as 1000 people are expected. The Lebialem division in the South West Region of Cameroon, has one of the highest rates of prevalence of epilepsy in Country. Cameroon on its part, also turns out to have one of the highest rates of epilepsy prevalence in the world according a lancet neurology article. The article states the following:

About Epilepsy in Cameroon

"Epilepsy is a chronic non – communicable (non-contagious) neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, at least two unprovoked seizures occurring in a period of more than 24 hours.

“The prevalence of epilepsy in Cameroon might be the highest in the world. Figures of between 4•9% and 6% are commonly quoted, although values of over 10% have been reported..."

Call for Donations

Funds are needed to organize a successful mission led by a medical team of over 30 specialists. Funds will equally help pay for all the consultations, EEGs, other examinations and minor surgeries as the case may be. In addition to this, medications are direly needed for a population barely able to afford a decent livelihood. The Neurologist we collaborate with has given us a list of medication you can see below:

We have equally gotten a profoma invoice from the pharmacy. The medications alone will cost close to 2500 euros for a target beneficiary of 1000 people over a 3 month treatment protocol span; in a country with no social insurance.

We are therefore reverting to crowd sourcing, appealing to donors with all our heart to help make this medical mission a sucessful and sustainable undertaking. The earlier we get funds, the better.

Epilepsy is more than seizures, let's all get involved to bring it out of the shadows. No donation is too small.

In my capacity as chairman of the board, and on behalf of all our team, I want to sincerely thank you for your donation.

Charles A. Taku
Chairman Gbm board
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Update 12
Posted by Gabriel Bebonbechem
1 day ago
The mission was such a success for a first time on such scale, we were in so much awe. We couldn't attend to all present, maybe 15 - 20 people went back home because they came so late. The mission started from the 6 am with the population gathering, all the way to 7 pm. The final report is in draft and will soon be made available on our website. Attach are a few pictures. Thank you to all our donors, we hope you stay by us and keep supporting us in whatever way so we can organize more missions and help more people. Thank you
Gbm and Ascomvive medical team at night
Set up pharmacy for free medications
Over 600 beneficiaries served
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Update 11
Posted by Gabriel Bebonbechem
7 days ago
If we add offline donations we should be hitting 50% of our target. For a first time at crowd sourcing, this is a huge success. Thank you so much to all our generous donors, we are ready to leave for the project area. The campaign is still up because there may be some last minute donations to help us with the various costs. We will sure share the mission report with you all asap the mission. Thanks to one of our major sponsors, DMC Ltd Cameroon and its staff all volunteers to the mission. Together let's bring Epilepsy out of the Shadows
Epilepsy is more than seizures
Gbm & OCA on their marks, ready, GO!!!
DMC Ceo and staff all ready for the DDay
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Update 10
Posted by Gabriel Bebonbechem
9 days ago
Hello Everybody, here's to hoping we all had a great Easter break. Our team is putting final touches on our preparations ahead of our departure to the field on the 20th of April. We invite you to listen and share this media advocacy for epilepsy awareness by our youth Ambassador. May this move you to support our campaign and share same with your networks. No donation is too small, with 10 euros anti-epilepstic medication can't be bought for a student to last some time. We are already so grateful to all our generous donors, mindful of the late kick off of our cmapaign.
Epilepsy Advocacy: Gbm Youth Ambassador
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Update 9
Posted by Gabriel Bebonbechem
14 days ago
Call for Volunteers and Medication still needed please: With barely 9 more days to go before the medical mission kicks off, we have an emotional appeal from the founder and programme director of the foundation. She is also the mother of late Gabriel Bebonbechem, a mother who lost an only beloved son after 18 very challenging years living with epilepsy and mental illness. Kindly show your support, no donation is too small. The three year old foundation has so far helped over 500 beneficiaries in its previous missions, and this time over 1000 beneficiaries are targeted with an enlarged medical mission to be led by CNN Hero Dr Georges Bwelle and his team of specialists.
List of recommended Anti-epileptic Meds
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Raised by 11 people in 29 days
Created March 28, 2017
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Njungwa Nkola
2 days ago

God bless your effort

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Steven Powles
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Therese Mbangsi
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Rosita Titang
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Fanny Anyifu
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Therese Atabong
26 days ago (Offline Donation)

Because Health is Wealth, and my brother's life shouldn't have been in vain.

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