The Epilepsy Project came
about through the efforts of Fr. Joseph Kengah, Pastor of Mivumoni
Catholic Church and of seven out-stations. Mivumoni is in the southern
coast area of Kenya almost bordering Tanzania. Fr. Kengah’s Ministry area
covers approx. 99.83 sq. KM, with 1,680 households or population of
8,586. He has seen children (Majority) and adults with Epilepsy (Kifafa
in Swahili) go medically untreated. The community strongly holds the
traditional belief that this sickness was brought about as punishment for
past sins, witchcraft, evil spirit, or a curse. The sick brings shame to
the family, therefore is often isolated from the community and neglected.
To treat Epilepsy, the common practice is through the use of witch -
doctor (Mganga) to drive away the evil spirit, curse or appease it. In
extreme cases, a child could even be abandoned or starved to death.
· Epilepsy Day Clinic in Mivumoni, opened 12th January 2002 and henceforth every 2nd Friday of the month held at the Mivumoni dispensary clinic. It has a staff of one officer and three health workers. It offers free clinic service and collects a minimum fee for prescribed medicines.
Annual ‘Baraza Day’ - community gathered for health awareness
· School Epilepsy Awareness - school visits teaching student and parents
Follow-up visits of clients not attending clinic for 3-4 consecutive
3 children returned to Primary School.
A change in family and community Epilepsy awareness and practices
Improvement in Epilepsy clients well being i.e. socially adjusted child
Increase in number of Epilepsy patients seeking treatment
NUMBERS: 74 registered clients
Name: Fr. Joseph Kengah
c/o Mivumoni Kifafa Clinic,
A/C No. :
Bank Swift Code:
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank,
Treasury Square Branch, Mombasa Kenya
Address: PO Box 90170, Mombasa, Kenya
or mail check payable to Coralis Salvador
c/o Maryknoll Mission Association
Maryknoll, NY 10545