Contact Address Details:
The Gambia Epilepsy Association
Banjul area Head office
No. 5 Dippa Dukureh Road
PO Box 2230, Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 9949034
From the Serrekunda Market northwards turn left
at London Corner where you will find the
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 12.30pm
The Gambia Epilepsy Association (GEA) was registered with
the Ministry of Justice on the 8th of December, 2003, as a
non-profit, non-governmental organisation.
The GEA's mandate is to aim for the betterment of the quality
of life for people with epilepsy in Gambia as well as their
carers such as parents and spouses. The association also aims
to dispel some of the traditional African superstitions associated
with people with affliction through public education campaigns.
The association currently has over 400 members which includes
around 8 volunteers who receive no remuneration.
Objectives & Functions:
• Equal Opportunities
The association campaigns and lobbies on behalf of sufferers
of epilepsy for their advancement and equal treatment in the
areas of education, employment and community rights. To this
end the body will regularly communicate with the Office of
the Ombudsman in Cape Point, Bakau, to investigate and if
necessary deal with issues of discrimination and ensure that
their job, school & civic rights are given due protection
under the law. Workshops are also held inviting employers
to learn more about the what epilepsy actually entails.
The Gambia Epilepsy Association runs a vocational training
program in which people are taught different practical working
skills such as growing garden vegetables, sewing and machine
tailoring and healthy food practices.
Each student is evaluated a couple of times a month to gauge
their level of competence and knowledge. At the end of their
courses individuals should have the capacity to earn a livelihood
from their newly learnt skills.
• Medication Supervision
The association checks and makes sure that each person's prescribed
medicines are taken in accordance with their doctor's instructions.
• Counseling & Advice
These services are provided for all members and their families.