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    We awoke early, ok some of us never made it to sleep last night.  We worked together in the evening to make sure that there was a care plan in place that was validated by a pharmacist or nurse for each of our 240 patients!  We designed protocols for managing seizure medications including maximum doses [...]

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    Today the delegation from the RISE clinic presented the proposal to the Governor of Anambra state and received a commitment for 62,000 dollars US to fund the gap and cover the additional patients who came out for epilepsy care.  While Emeka, Hien, Bayan and others were having audience with the Governor, Dr. Raji Mahmud and [...]

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    Today we got up early and had a lot of work to do to prepare to welcome the 100 patients selected to receive free anti epileptic medication and physician visits to monitor their epilepsy.  Our challenge was that we had an unexpected turn out for the clinic and had 137 patients on our waiting list [...]

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    We had an amazing day in Nigeria today.  The clinic process was revised based on our experience yesterday and today it ran smoothly and ON TIME!  Quite a fete here. The conversations with patients were wonderful and it is heartwarming to see the universality of caring and the sacrifices made by families to get the [...]

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    We started our first RISE Clinic Epilepsy Outreach day with 100 patients scheduled to be evaluated for possible seizures.  We had anticipated that up to half the patients may not actually have seizures and that many of our patients would be naive to medications.  We had 6 check in teams of Nigerian Physical Therapy and [...]

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    Today was very special for all the RISE volunteers, the dear patients and their families, and Anambra State. 300 people came to the beautiful White Castle Hotel in Adazi-Ani Nigeria to learn about epilepsy and even though for the last years, many have not been able to come forward for treatment – today they came [...]

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    We flew together with Adam and Adaora from San Francisco through Minneapolis to Paris.  In Paris we met the international volunteers and travelled together to Lagos.  The flight was beautiful.  Looking out the window we first saw the French countryside, then the Mediterranean Sea, the the extensive Sahara Desert before coming to Nigeria.  The land [...]

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    We will be leaving in a few days to join an international team of volunteers lead by John Obegolu, RN, MBA. Adam and I thank everyone for the good wishes and support. We are busy packing and getting things ready for our trip. Almost 200 people have been screened and pre-registered by RISE clinic volunteers [...]

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    On July 27th a group of physicians, nurses and volunteers from Sutter Health and the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California are traveling to Anambra State, Nigeria to help establish one of the first international standard Epilepsy Clinics in Southwest Africa. This trip kicks off the initial phase of the Nigeria Epilepsy Care Advancement Program, a [...]

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