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Supporting people with epilepsy in China

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Isabelle de Cambry, Corporate Societal Responsibility
UCB is teaming up with Project HOPE on a new initiative to improve medical care for children with epilepsy in China and to provide psychological support for their families.

‘Rainbow bridge’, funded by UCB, will develop written materials for children, doctors, teachers, the media and the general public in an effort to deepen understanding of epilepsy and will train physicians and village doctors in the rural areas.

Through a network of ten children’s hospitals nationwide, including the world renowned Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC), the project will encompass health education and professional training for pediatric neurologists on advanced epilepsy clinical diagnosis.

Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is a NGO dedicated to providing latest solutions to health problems by helping people to help themselves. The organisation has strong partnerships with communities, companies and ministries of health in China.

The new three-year partnership is one of UCB’s Corporate Societal Responsibility initiatives in China which has also seen a new Epilepsy Centre opened in Beijing.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that 9 million people in China have epilepsy, with around 400,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occurring in China each year.

Yet the quality of services available to people with epilepsy varies across the country and there is considerable scope for improving public understanding of the disease.

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