A Poem: For friends in hard places
Turning a blind eye
Still turning blind eyes
Aren’t we all
Short to tall
Still we don’t see that
Those around the equator
Have the most brain waves of us all
They are on fire
Imagine that, do
I spy lie
#35 million to go
Illustration by Eli, 14 years old, median patient age @TeleEEG
Poem by her Mother.
Epilepsy sits patiently in the equatorial waiting room of world health and has since 4000 BC.
Out of sight, out of mind? The 35 million people living nearest the equator worldwide are those most affected and are urgently in need of medical intervention.
If a country, they would be 27th largest in the world. But this disease, the most stigmatised of all, makes them invisible – and their call.
The issue is the treatment gap, for 136 poor countries in our world. Lack of access to basic devices and skilled medics.
Today technology is our friend. We can be here, and we can be there. ‘Beam me up Scotty‘.
When diagnosed with an EEG machine (our highly specialist medical volunteers – a virtual global team – do this for free) and treated (with medication gifted by partners that costs just $3.50 per person month per person) 70% can go on to lead ‘normal’ seizure-free lives instead of their being hurt, chained, victimised, outcast, abused and killed.
Our hope is that you will ‘get’ and help convey this global health message.
So that all those who can get involved, will do so.
For the majority of Doctors in the West, this is news to them too.
What counts is what YOU CAN DO.
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