In Mulago hospital, we have a specialist clinic every Thursday for children with different brain disorders. Convulsions are the most common reason parents seek attention in this clinic with epilepsy being the leading diagnosis we make.
In the general community, about 0.5% of the population may have epilepsy. A school of 500 pupils may have 2-5 children with epilepsy. However, the majority of affected school-age children are denied school mostly due to stigma, negative beliefs and a poor understanding of epilepsy, its causes, symptoms and signs.