National Epilepsy Centre, Epilepsy Support Pakistan (IBE-Chapter) & Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (ILAE-Chapter) help to shine light on epilepsy
Karachi, February 8, 2021: International Epilepsy Day, to promote awareness of epilepsy around the world was celebrated here earlier today by National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) in collaboration with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (ESP) & Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP).
The day began with a talk show on Samaa FM 107.4. This is a very popular morning show that is heard by children and people on way to school and work all over Pakistan. The RJ has a decent following from people of other countries too. The feedback of the listeners has been very encouraging.
Large sized banners with our awareness message were place on several pedestrian bridges located on the main traffic artery of the city that connects the national highway right up to the Karachi port and branching to reach other parts of the city. These posters were legible from a distance of 700-800 metres. The target audience again being the office going people and school children travelling on this road. Awareness banners were also placed at strategic places where the flow of traffic is maximum on a work day.
At National Epilepsy Centre, lucky draw activity for children with epilepsy was held. The winner got a large stuffed teddy bear.
A press conference was held after dusk in the open and fresh air at a popular public space Port Grand located near the Karachi port. The place was beautifully lit up in purple – the colour of epilepsy. The media personnel were briefed about epilepsy and the importance of spreading awareness by the EAP President who also co-heads NEC. A short awareness documentary and recorded messages of President ESP, Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi and President ILAE were also shown. The Govt. of Sindh was represented by the Assistant Commissioner Karachi who also spoke on the occasion.
Epilepsy Awareness Documentary and slideshows was shown in loop on large SMD screens at two frequently visited public spaces.
The highlight of the Epilepsy Day Celebration was illumination of national monuments and landmarks in purple; the most significant being the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Nation. Large awareness banners were placed at these site for people to associate purple with epilepsy.
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