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[p]There are an estimated 100,000 people with epilepsy in Sierra Leone. Medical Assistance Sierra Leone (MASL), the Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone (EASL) and Consultant Neurologist Dr Lisk established the first clinical epilepsy service in 2010. Together they have trained over 2,500 health workers and created 22 clinics within Ministry of Health (MOH) facilities across the country. As a result of this work, over 5,000 patients have come forward for treatment and are currently being supported by the project with a range of anti-epileptic medication to manage their condition. [/p][p]The stigma and the resultant isolation of people affected by epilepsy in Sierra Leone impacts upon physical and mental health, often preventing access to education and a secure livelihood. Surveys at clinic show that 74% patients have experienced alternative/traditional treatment within the community - ranging from inappropriate (eg, the wearing of amulets) to harmful (eg, physical and sexual assault). Many patients have sustained serious injuries as a result of unmanaged seizures, including burns and spinal injuries.[/p][p]The epilepsy clinics have been established within Ministry of Health facilities, using MOH staff trained by the project. What is missing is the supply of appropriate medication. MASL provides all the medication for the project - 5 types of medication to treat various epilepsies - purchased and shipped from the UK. This costs around £15,000 annually. [/p][p]Please help us mark International Epilepsy Awareness Day on 12 February by supporting our medication bill. For 70% of patients, this treatment completely stops seizures and other forms of epilepsy; for 20-25% it will mean reduced seizures/absences/other manifestations of epilepsy. Uncontrolled epilepsy directly affects health and social and economic capacity - preventing participation in education, in employment and forcing individuals and families into poverty. [/p]