Young Epilepsy Botswana hosts annual purple walk

YEB hosts 9th annual purple walk
YEB hosts 9th annual purple walk

Young Epilepsy Botswana has announced that it will host its 9th Annual Purple Walk on March 23 in Gaborone.

In an interview with MmegiOnline, the organisation’s chairperson, Naledi Khan emphasized the importance of raising awareness on epilepsy. "The objective of the walk is to sensitise and educate people about epilepsy, particularly focusing on how it impacts individuals in the workplace," she said. "This year's theme, 'Epilepsy in the Workplace,' highlights the need for employers to understand the condition better and foster supportive environments for employees living with epilepsy." Khan advised that epilepsy should not hinder individuals from thriving in the workplace while employers need to understand the nature of the condition. "Employers should have a clear understanding of their employees' epilepsy condition, including knowledge of medication requirements, how well the condition is managed, and the type, duration and frequency of seizures.

"It is also important for other employees to have basic knowledge of seizure first aid," Khan observed. She described the event as one of the organisation's most significant initiatives to commemorate Purple Day, a worldwide initiative supporting people living with epilepsy. "We have witnessed a positive shift in attitudes towards epilepsy since the inception of the walk," Khan stated.

"Many individuals with epilepsy in Botswana face discrimination and stigma, leading them to hide their condition. The Purple Walk has empowered people to come forward and embrace their epilepsy openly." Khan said in addition to raising awareness, the Purple Walk serves as a platform for individuals affected by epilepsy to connect and share their experiences. "The sense of community and solidarity at the walk is truly inspiring," Khan said, adding "It's a reminder that no one is alone in their journey with epilepsy." "Through events like the Purple Walk, we can break down barriers, dispel myths, and create a more supportive environment for individuals living with epilepsy," she affirmed.

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