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National Epilepsy Awareness Week 2013

The Philippine League Against Epilepsy (PLAE) will celebrate its National Epilepsy Awareness Week from September 1 to 7, 2013. The theme Epilepsy ABC: Awareness Begins in Communities (Kaya Natin ‘To!) underscore the need to promote Epilepsy Awareness and Inclusion of Persons with Epilepsy or PWEs in various levels of engagement: in health, education, welfare and development through community-centered activities.

The 2013 activities will start off with the PLAE Epilepsy Caravan Campus Tour in 150 Public Elementary Schools Across Metro Manila for the whole month of August. During the Epilepsy Week, simultaneous epilepsy caravans, lay forums and round table discussions will be held all over the country through the PLAE’s regional representatives, the Public Awareness Volunteers for Epilepsy (PAVEs).

The PLAE will reach out to young gifted students in the Philippine High School for the Arts in their campaign for better understanding and acceptance of PWEs, which aims to simulate their young minds to understand epilepsy and help create a barrier free society using their creative arts.

To culminate the week’s major activities, the PLAE will host the Asian Epilepsy Academy EEG Training Course on September 4-5 back-to-back with the 7th National Epilepsy Congress where foreign and local experts will discuss relevant topics on the treatment of epilepsy. These conferences will be held at the Metro Convention Centre in Tagbilaran, City, Bohol. At the same time, the PLAE, along with its lay partner organization, the Epilepsy Awareness and Advocacy, Inc., (EAAI) will hold the National Lay Symposium on September 5, also in Bohol. This event aims to give basic information on epilepsy, discard unfounded beliefs and fallacies, and prevent stigmatization and discrimination in communities.

Participation of both public and private schools shall be subject to the no-disruption-of-classes policy as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2005 entitled Instituting Measures to Increase Engaged Time-on-Task and Ensuring Compliance Therewith.

For more information, all interested individuals or groups may contact:

Hazel Paragua, MD, MBA, FPNA President
Philippine League Against Epilepsy (PLAE)
Mobile Phone No.: 09326997135
Email Address: plaesecretariat@yahoo.com
Website Address: www.plae.org.ph
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