Dr. Jacques Sebisaho: “Three years ago, we started a health program visiting each household surrounding the hospital. On our first visit, we met Yvonne Kadoke, 8 years of old, who was taking care of her mother that suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, having between 30-50 seizures per day. She was the main family support and has never attended school. There were no plans for her, or for her brother, Muhindo, to have any formal learning structure. I tried to get Yvonne into a school not far from her home, but she was denied, considered too old for first grade. Last September, we realized that thanks to our nutrition program, a few other girls from the surrounding villages attended school. We identified 145 girls in a similar situation who have been out of school for family or financial reasons. Yvonne is now part of a community that she was not allowed into before and seems happy. Her mother is on a long-term treatment for epilepsy and her seizure episodes have dramatically decreased.”
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