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Joseph Nelson Siewe Fodjo manages river epilepsy

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Text Alexander Delport
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Mapping the impact of river epilepsy


Africa is being ravaged by a terrible disease: river blindness. The parasite carrying the virus affects the brain and causes epileptic seizures. Infected children and young adults suffer mental retardation as a result. Joseph Nelson Siewe Fodjo, postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Global Health Institute (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), explains how he aims to turn the tide by mapping the impact of river epilepsy on children. 


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