Brothers of Charity – DR Congo and Rwanda
The prime objective of our partnership with the Brothers of Charity is to alleviate the health burden and ensure the affordability of care for persons living with epilepsy, and their families, in the capital and remote areas of the province. The second objective is to strengthen the neurology capacity by having Dr. Marcellin Bugeme continue his four-year master course in neurology at the Cheik anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal).
‘How can I tell what it means to me being able to witness how our partnership with the Brothers of Charity cares for persons living with epilepsy in very trying and unexpected circumstances and how it brings a vital human essence to the patients: dignity and hope’
Jean-Christophe Tellier, UCB
In 2016, the medical staff of the center reached over 3 000 persons in the mobile clinics and completed 5 076 consultations in the tertiary center in Lubumbashi. In addition, the center completed 767 electroencephalograms with two new EEG equipment. This equipment was purchased with the assistance of the funding raised by UCB employees.
In 2016, the tertiary neuropsychiatric hospital of Ndera, nearby Kigali, offered 22 021 consultations to persons living with neurological conditions, often travelling long distances to seek specialized care.
The Rwandan Organization Against Epilepsy pursued the training program of grass-root community health agents in the villages. A total of 3 444 agents participated in the one-day epilepsy training. In addition, 229 health care professionals from the Musanze and Gakenke health districts received a four-day training in epilepsy disease management.
Strengthening the neurology capacity is accomplished by a two-pronged approach. First, Dr. Fidèle Sebera continued with the implementation of the epilepsy and depression as co-morbidity research work. Second, Dr. Beni Uwacu entered his fourth and last year of the master in neurology specialization at the Cheik anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). His research project involves the review of newly diagnosed persons living with epilepsy in the tertiary neuropsychiatric hospital of Ndera.
With the objective of enhancing access to EEG investigations during field visits, the UCB Societal Responsibility Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation provided a mobile EEG equipment.
During 2016, the ‘Orchestrate Responsible Entrepreneurship’ leadership program engaged the visit of UCB senior leaders to Rwanda to understand the intersection between the needs of medically challenged communities, underprivileged persons living with epilepsy and their families, the sustainability of UCB’s CSR engagement and an ethical and responsible business conduct. In addition, the PhD research IT platform was supported by a further field visit of UCB colleagues.
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a shower of realities’.