Interview with Ethiopian Care Epilepsy Foundation Director Wro. Enat Yewnetu


Melat Mulugeta

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. According to a research published on February 8, 2019, it was estimated 360 to 400 thousand epileptic Ethiopians are living with poor medication. Additionally, 5.2 people out of 1000 were at risk of Epilepsy prevalence, and most are from the ages of 10 to 19 years old. Ethiopians have little awareness about the condition which makes receiving treatments and care more difficult. Enat Yewnetu is an individual living with Epilepsy and currently working as the Director of Ethiopian Care Epilepsy Foundation. She received treatments abroad and returned to Ethiopia to help those suffering from the same condition.