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WHO WE ARE

YotM empowers youth with epilepsy through creative awareness actions. With our support, they build their skills, find their voice and transform their desires into plans and actions.

Epilepsy is a disorder in the brain which makes a person prone to seizures.Seizures, also known as fits, spells, attacks, convulsions or spasms are sudden and temporary electrical disturbances in the brain which cause changes in sensation, awareness or behavior. There are many types of seizures with different manifestations. One may fall and jerk; others may only stare or fumble with clothes and smack lips. Epilepsy cannot be cured like malaria, but can be effectively controlled in the majority of cases with anti-epileptic drugs which need to be prescribed by a doctor. Just like seizures, epilepsy is quite varied.

One person may live with epilepsy throughout their lives, but in many instances the person can outgrow the condition. For the prescribed drugs to be effective they need to be taken consistently and any change in the drug combinations or amount must be done in consultation with the doctor. Anyone can get the condition regardless of their country, their age, their social class or their religion. Most people with epilepsy can live an active life; work, go out and have a family as long as they take their medication as prescribed.

OUR VOICES

International Women’s Day for PLWE

Living with epilepsy as a woman comes with different challenges. For me the biggest challenge was when I was unconscious and major changes had happened

Sikika- Movers meeting

Do you wish your voice was heard?Movers of 2018 meet at the Mover's paradise for their Sikika talk. Youth living with epilepsy use this platform

Valentine’s day with Epilepsy in mind

OUT! DEVIL GET OUT! Is what I woke up to when I regained my consciousness? This is not the first time I am experiencing it.

ACTIVITIES

International Epilepsy Day

International Epilepsy Day (IED) was marked at German Doctors Nairobi- Baraka Health Centre in Mathare. Youth on the Move through the partnership with German Doctors have been working with patients at Baraka clinic in offering support and sharing their experiences on managing their epilepsy condition. During IED youth engaged persons with epilepsy, other patients and care givers of persons with epilepsy. They shared education materials, T-shirts and snacks to mark the day. PLWE were able to share their experiences from before they started treatment in Baraka and after starting treatment. Baraka Health Centre offers affordable medication which in turn allows

Epilepsy Education and Awareness

Youth on the Move engages youth in training as youth coordinators to create awareness on epilepsy. This is through education forums in different counties. YotM works with Youth groups, Educational institutions, Religious institutions, Chief Barazas, women and men groups. Through these forums education on epilepsy causes, triggers, first aid, treatment and management is conducted. People living with epilepsy(PLWE) continue to suffer as a result of stigma in the community. Stigma is a result of ignorance and held myths and misconceptions on epilepsy. Through awareness and education, PLWE are accepted and are able to get proper treatment.

MANUALS

ABOUT EPILEPSY

There are many types of seizures with different manifestations. One may fall and jerk; another may only stare or fumble with clothes and smack lips.
Epilepsy cannot be cured like malaria, but can, in most cases, be effectively controlled with anti-epileptic drugs prescribed by a doctor. Just like seizures, epilepsy is quite varied. One may live with epilepsy throughout their lives, but often, one outgrows the condition. For prescribed drugs to be effective, they have to be taken consistently and any change in the drug combinations or amounts must be done in consultation with the doctor. Anyone can get the condition regardless of their country, age, social class or religion. Most people with epilepsy live an active life; work, go out and have a family as long as they take their medication as prescribed.

Epilepsy is a disorder in the brain that makes a person prone to seizures.  Seizures, also known as fits, spells, attacks, convulsions or spasms are sudden and temporary electrical disturbances in the brain which cause changes in sensation, awareness or behavior.

Prevention of Epilepsy

In developing countries the chances of getting epilepsy are higher. The latest research suggests that the chances of getting epilepsy in Kenya are three times higher than in developed countries. Fortunately there are ways we

Epilepsy in Kenya

It is estimated that in Kenya 2% of the population (over more than 1,000,000 people) has epilepsy. Therefore, the chance of getting epilepsy is three times higher in Kenya than in developed countries. Many Kenyans

Lookalikes

Epilepsy is a condition which is oft en confused with other conditions. These include: 1. Fainting 2. Psychogenic seizures 3. Breath holding spells 4. Febrile convulsions 5. Daydreaming 6. Sleepwalking 7. Tics 8. Tourette’s syndrome

Types of Seizures

People with epilepsy have different types of seizures. One person may fall and jerk, whereas someone else may only appear absent or nonresponsive for a while and stare. For some people the seizure affects only

Causes

The cause of epilepsy can be defined as the initial reason for which someone has epilepsy. In many instances, the cause of the condition is a mystery. These are called idiopathic epilepsy. If the doctors

Triggers

There are various triggers that can provoke epilepsy seizure. They include: Lack of sleep Stress and excitement Menstruation Missed meal Missed medication Drinking alcohol Taking illicit drugs Flickering lights or patterns Illness (especially diarrhea or

About Epilepsy

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