BWEYOGERERE EPILEPSY SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
- Central Region
Background BWEYOGERERE EPILEPSY Support Organisation(BESO)is a non-profit making community based organization that comprehensively targets and addresses issues of people with Epilepsy. Through a community participatory approach, BESO is committed to addressing the needs of people living with epilepsy in a holistic and integrated manner.
BESO was established in Bweyogerere,Kira Municipality in Wakiso district-Uganda in 2009 by Mike Musiitwa following an interest developed after one of his children was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 8.Due to lack of adequate and social support, he decided to start a program on epilepsy and support those people who lived in the slums, could not afford treatment and were characterized with uncontrolled fits.
Since then, BESO has been dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy. The goals are the prevention and cure of seizure disorders, the alleviation of their effects, and the promotion of independence and optimal quality of life for people who have these disorders.
The organization is governed by a board of directors consisting of leaders from the Wakiso,teachers and medical communities. Additionally, the success of the organization and our programs is as a direct result of our volunteers.
BESO has developed public education programs that foster community awareness to improve the health care and community support available to all persons affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy is a generic term for a variety of seizure disorders characterized by chronic recurring seizures. A seizure is a disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain. One in every 50 Ugandans has had, or will have, at least one seizure at some time in their lives.
Services provided to the epilepsy community include (i) providing information and education on living successfully with epilepsy (ii) conducting professional and lay seminars (iii) providing a one week camping experience for children with epilepsy (iv) training school nurses, law enforcement, first responders, caretakers, and other professionals in seizure recognition, treatment, and response. .
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