The Socio Economic Empowerment of Women With Epilepsy (SEE-WE) project of Epilepsy and Aid Foundation (EAAF) Cameroon, was officially launched yesterday, March 6, 2022 at the Franco Alliance Conference Hall in Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon.
During the Official launch which had over 60 women and girls with epilepsy in attendance, the participants were educated on sexual and reproductive health issues in women with epilepsy and how to manage them.
With support from the CBC Health Services “Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program, and the “Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action” project, we were able to offer these women free screening for hepatitis B and C, HIV, diabetes and hypertension, sanitary napkins (both reusable and non-refundable), anti-epileptic medications and soaps.
Over the next few months, this first cohort of women and girls will be trained on income-generating activities like tailoring, cookery, bakery etc. They will also be trained on women-related issues like gender-based violence, gender equity, family planning as well as on leadership.
It is hoped that with the skills and knowledge, they will be able to create/find jobs for themselves, become financially independent and lift their families out of poverty.
According to the founder of this initiative and Chair Person of EAAF Cameroon Dr. Mundih Noelar, the SEE-WE initiative is intended to bring care to women and girls with epilepsy and offer them sustainable livelihood opportunities in a very challenging context as that of the northwest region. She further noted that these women will in the days ahead receive training on livelihood skills to empower them socio-economically.
In a gift gesture, each of these women received a gift of sanitary kit donated by the Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Action (DIHA) Project of the CBC Health Services.
The project further promised free provision of epilepsy medications to women with epilepsy who visit the Nkwen Baptist Hospital Epilepsy Clinic during the duration of the project.