The Foundation’s 2nd program, “Divyaasha”, focuses on children with Epilepsy. The project was launched on 28th Feb. 2015.
Till date 22 children are enrolled under its care.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system and is also known as a seizure disorder. It is a condition defined by unprovoked or reflex seizures often occurring without warning. The seizures may occur for many reasons, especially in children. Seizures in newborns may be very different from seizures in toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents.
The condition impacts much of a patient’s life, including personal safety, memory, and views by others. Children whose seizures are controlled by medication live with the underlying side effects and the need to remember to take the medication at the correct times.
About 10 million persons with epilepsy are there in India. The prevalence rate of Epilepsy in children in India is 5.59 per 1000 population. Age specific prevalence rates are highest in the 1st decade of life especially below the age of 2 years.
Challenges with Epilepsy in children
- Seizure can be disruptive to the process of normal life.
- During the seizure, depending on the type, the patient may be totally or partially unconscious, and out of commission to perform normal activities.
- Epilepsy can have tremendous social issues that can affect one’s childhood.
- Social acceptance being a common challenge, there are stigmas associated with epilepsy can affect one’s acceptance among others.
- Depression is common due to impaired social acceptance.
- Epilepsy can affect a child’s education as the seizures can impair a child’s ability to learn.