The Report of the Enlarged Medical Mission to Lebialem is now Live

The report of the recent enlarged medical mission carried out in the Lebialen Division is now live. Please download copy following the link.

We are so grateful to all our donors, volunteers and supporters for making this mission possible. We look forward to continued service to the community. With your help, we’ll definitely continue to bring epilepsy out of the shadow.

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The Board Chairman of the Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing (Chief Charles A. Taku) is inviting us all to help the medical mission to Lebialem. So many die from Ignorance, stigma, lack of hospitals or access to the few, no medications, and much more as such are our everyday plight; especially in the rural areas.

Statistics are alarming, over 10 million suffering from epilepsy in Africa. A 2016 Lancet Neurology report put Cameroon as one of the countries with the highest prevalence rate in the world.

We need medications and below is a list recommended by the lone public neurologist for the region

A profoma invoice for a 3 months treatment protocol for an estimated 1000 beneficiaries stands at 2.5 million frs cfa

A profoma invoice for a 3 months treatment protocol for an estimated 1000 beneficiaries stands at 2.5 million frs cfa

Press Release by the Chairman of the Board/Gbm & OCA

The Gbm Foundation places great emphasis on advocacy

Press Release by Chief Charles A. Taku

On the 15th anniversary of the transition into glory of Mama Helen ATABONG ASABA

O’tabong Charitable Association (OCA)
Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing (gbm)

are pleased to invite you to participate in the

Medical Mission to Lebialem Division.

Sponsored by Dr. George BWELLE & his Ascovime team of medical experts.

Dates: April 21st & 22nd 2017
Purpose: Screen, diagnose & treat Epilepsy, diabetes and all other prevalent diseases in Lebialem and its environs.

Venue/hosting partner: Mary Health of Africa Hospital.

The Mary Health of Africa Hospital.
The South West Regional Delegation for public health.

Fuatabong Achaleke

Chairman of the Board/OCA & gbm

A Medical Mission to Lebialem to be led by CNN Hero Dr Georges Bwelle

Gbm_follow_up_Medical_missionThe Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation & Center for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing in partnership with the Otabong Asaba Association (OCA) for diabetes and empowerment of the Woman & the Girl Child, is organizing another medical mission to the Lebialem Division in the South West Region for the 22nd and 23rdof April 2017. The mission will be hosted by the Mary Health of Africa Hospital, Fontem.

The aim of the medical mission is to carry out consultations, diagnosis and treatment by a team of medical experts on a wide range of diseases with highlight on epilepsy, and diabetes. Other common illnesses plaguing our people such as cancer will be examined. The medical mission will raise awareness and sensitize the population on epilepsy, and its attending stigma, diabetes,cancer, and share knowledge on general health care. This medical mission will be led by the medical team of CNN Hero Doctor Georges Bwele of ASCOVIME and his team of specialists. We are expecting a massive turn out from the entire Lebialem and its environs including neighboring Manyu and Njongo.

get-involvedWe are therefore writing to inform the general public of this noble mission; and to solicit sponsorship and support from our partners and well-wishers to enable us support the financial and material costs associated with this important project. 

Find out ways by which you can get involved to support us for this project and several others.

We remain yours sincerely,

Me. Marie A. Abanga

Country Director Gbm-em Foundation & Center

CC: Bibiana M Taku Programme Director


The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing

Presentation of the Gbm Foundation by Mrs Bibiana Taku

Presentation of the Gbm Foundation by Mrs Bibiana Taku

The Gbm Foundation and Centre for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing, was set up by Mrs Bibiana Taku in memory of her son Gabriel Bebonbechem. He lived and died at the prime age of 33, after having spent 18 years as an epileptic and eventually a mentally challenged. He was full of talents and potential, but his dreams, hopes and aspirations, were brought to a halt by his medical and stigmatised condition. In the words of his sister, he was a genius who ended up a simpleton, and she shares salient aspects of his perilous journey in the memoir published after his demise.

The Gbm Foundation and Centre for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing, therefore seeks to contribute towards the fight against all forms of stigma, rejection and abuses of epileptics and mentally ill, as well as towards the achievement of Gabriel Bebonbechem’s dream posthumously. 

The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing has identified different projects and programs for the implementation and execution of its goals, objectives and the attainment of its mission. It has equally identified various program outlines, methods and strategies which will be used to achieve its goals vis à vis its Country strategic plan.

The Foundation seeks and collaborates with various stakeholders in the epilepsy and mental health community. Such partners include other similar foundations and associations, advocacy communities, medical experts, schools, different stakeholders including government services, and other men and women of good will.

The Gbm Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Wellbeing is among the pioneer of such outreach and advocacy initiatives in the geographical region of Cameroon in Africa. There is so much potential and advantage for the creation and sustainability of such a laudable programme and subsequent projects, because of the impact which could be derived from the implementation of its different programs.

There is no doubt about the ravages of epilepsy and mental illness in our societies. The sufferers, their families, other care givers like the school communities, and society as a whole, go through so much pain with each new case of an undiagnosed or diagnosed epileptic or mentally disordered. Even the medical community is still at a loss with regards to any conclusive research and findings on the causes of such debilitating disorders, nor the best treatments and management protocols for such patients.

Social and appropriate medical public policies are still largely wanting in Africa, and a recent survey by WHO of 45 African countries, revealed that only 19 of them had any relating policies in place. This leaves much to be desired, hence the Foundation’s collaboration with government services in place.