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International Epilepsy Day

February 10, 2020

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) in collaboration with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) celebrated International Epilepsy Day at their centre. Public awareness posters with illustrations in english and urdu were put up for all to read and understand. Eco friendly bags were specially made for the patient to carry their medicines. Each bag had epilepsy awareness message printed on them. All children with epilepsy who came to centre were given goodie bags.

PTV Morning show “Subh e Nau”

May 22, 2019 – Karachi

In celebration of International Epilepsy Day 2019, PTV (Pakistan Television) a state-owned national television network invited doctors from National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) to join them for their special Ramazan transmission live morning show “Subh e Nau” – meaning a new morning. The channel has a strong national as well as international viewership. The team had an engaging conversation with the shows’ host about epilepsy; the facts and myths surrounding the disorder. An appeal for donation for people with epilepsy who cannot afford treatment was also made.

Health Week – LuckyOne Mall

February 15-17, 2019 – Karachi

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) in association with Epilepsy Support of Pakistan (ESP) took part in Health Week organized by LuckyOne Mall, Karachi. Epilepsy awareness was spread in a festive fun manner with games, face painting for children and an epilepsy quiz on how much you know about epilepsy. Prizes were given to the winners all bearing the awareness message. Awareness brochures were distributed amongst visitors at the mall. The awareness documentary was played on loop which captured the attention of many visitors.

PTV Morning show “Subh e Nau”

February 11, 2019 – Karachi

In celebration of International Epilepsy Day 2019, PTV (Pakistan Television) a state-owned national television network invited doctors from National Epilepsy Centre to join them during their live morning show “Subh e Nau” – meaning a new morning. The channel has a strong national as well as international viewership. The team had an active conversation with the shows’ host about epilepsy; the facts and myths surrounding the disorder. During the show our team also answered few live calls from general public.

International Epilepsy Day – Epilepsy Rickshaw Train

February 11, 2019 – Karachi

With the success of previous year rickshaw campaign, National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) ran a month-long campaign of putting up epilepsy awareness banners on city rickshaws this year as well. The 30 day drive was initiated on the International Epilepsy Day 11-Feb-2019 with small press conference at the NEC. Dr Seemi Jamali, Director JPMC was the chief guest. Rickshaws are a popular mode of public transport in Karachi and reach every nook and corner of the city.

International Epilepsy Day – Epilepsy Awareness Banners/Poster on Rickshaws and at Prominent Public Places

February 12, 2018 – Karachi

As part of International Epilepsy Day 2018 celebration, National Epilepsy Centre in collaboration with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) ran a week-long campaign of putting up panaflex epilepsy awareness banners on city rickshaws. Rickshaws are a popular mode of public transport in Karachi and reach every nook and corner of the city. As part of the campaign epilepsy awareness posters and banner where also put up in prominent public places around the city.

International Epilepsy Day – Public Awareness at Karachi’s Largest Shopping Mall

February 11, 2018 – Karachi

On the occasion of International Epilepsy Day 2019, National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) collaborated with LuckyOne Mall, Karachi and organized a day long epilepsy awareness program main area of the mall. The program included distribution of epilepsy material and one on one interaction with anyone who wish to know more about epilepsy from our team doctors. For children there was face painting as well as dart board game with true or false statements about epilepsy. The person with most correct responses would win a price. Epilepsy information brochure were distributed.

Epilepsy Awareness in Educational Institutions

February 2018 – Karachi

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) collaborated with Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) – JSMU Student Council to spread epilepsy awareness in city’s schools & colleges. A group of 7 enthusiastic JSMU students were trained at NEC by Dr. Zarine Mogal & Dr. Hiba Mahmud. The month-long activity ended with an awareness session on Feb 24, 2018 for students – medical & non-medical, teachers, people with epilepsy & their parents at the JSMU auditorium. Prof. Tariq Rafi VC, JSMU gave a welcome address. The JSMU Student Council put up a skit of a street scene in which a person has an epileptic fit & how people react. Lectures on Enigma of Epilepsy, What is Epilepsy and its Treatment and Myths & Misconceptions were delivered by by Prof. Hasan Aziz, Dr. Zarine Mogal & Dr. Ghazala Usman. Documentary on NEC was shown. The students had set up a photography corner with creatively made awareness slogans, masks, photo frames for participants to photograph with, as an event souvenir. Certificates were distributed among students who worked very hard to make this event a success. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS ACTIVITY WAS A FINAL YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT OF JSMU – UMME AMMARA PUBLICLY DECLARING TO HAVE EPILEPSY SINCE CHILDHOOD BUT THIS HAS NOT HELD HER BACK IN ANYWAY.

Epilepsy Awareness month by JSMU Students

February 2018

In collaboration with epilepsy centre a motivated team of final year students of Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) held several awareness workshops in school colleges and universities there innovative presentations are highly appreciated by the NEC team

International Epilepsy Day

February 13, 2017

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) celebrated International Epilepsy Day by holding a public awareness seminar in collaboration with Mir Khalil-Ur-Rehman Memorial Society (Jang Group) at the Najmuddin Auditorium, JPMC. Patients with epilepsy, their caregivers, medical care-providers and people from all walks of life attended the event. This seminar was dedicated to (Late) Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, who himself had epilepsy, championed the cause and was an inspiration to the people with epilepsy. Highlight of the awareness seminar were people with epilepsy talking on a public platform about their life with epilepsy; their trials and tribulations and how they overcame it to become high achievers and lead a normal life. Wide and detailed media coverage all over Pakistan of the event further enhanced the awareness. Awareness through FM Radio bill boards and posters was also done.

International Women’s Day – Women with Epilepsy

March 8, 2016 – Karachi

On International Women’s Day, National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) organized an event that highlighted special issues unique to women with epilepsy. The event was designed around the theme of International Women’s Day – Step it up for gender equality. At the end we invited young courageous women who despite having epilepsy are successful member of the society as role models.

Purple Day

March 26, 2013 – Karachi

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) in its continuous endeavors to promote awareness about epilepsy in general public organized a public awareness program. People from all walks of life attended the program. The lectures given were mostly illustrative in simple local language for easy understanding and covered topics about epilepsy and its presentation, issues with women and geriatric population with epilepsy and its treatment. 

ILAE Stand Up for Epilepsy – Pakistan

January 2012

With a slogan “Stand up for Epilepsy” various sports celebrities from all member countries of ILAE stood up with people with epilepsy to create awareness of the disorder among the masses. From our country we were much obliged to have cricket stars Moin Khan and Shahid Afridi who took time from there busy schedule to stand up for the cause.

WE NEED
YOUR SUPPORT
Lack of awareness, misconceptions, stigma & marginalization cause more misery than the condition itself. With medical, social & psychological treatment, public awareness to change the public mind-set is necessary. National Epilepsy Centre (NEC). Karachi, operational since 2012 is the only tertiary care centre in Pakistan exclusively for holistic epilepsy treatment, education, research and public awareness.
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OUR WORK
ACKNOWLEDGED INTERNATIONALLY

Our landmark paper, Epilepsy treatment gap and stigma reduction in Pakistan: A tested public awareness model was published in a reputable medical journal in end Dec 2019. The paper was received with accolades from entire medical especially neurology community for its groundbreaking approach towards reduction of treatment gap in a poorly resourced country.