World Economic Forum, epilepsy and dealing with it

I was reading this morning one of David Nabarro’s reflections: HERE. It’s about chronic or non-communicable diseases, NCD’s in the eyes of the WHO. I haven’t seen any mention about epilepsy anywhere so I decided to dig deeper.

As the World Economic Forum is taking place these days and the hot subject is the “middle class”, there are many mentions regarding health in the discussions. No mention of idiopathic diseases, neurological disorders and more like this.

I know that epilepsy is not as “cool” like HIV, cancer, diabetes, polio. But really, not even one mention?!?

Just to tell people the size of these disorders. According to the WHO, there are over 1 billion sufferers. Don’t believe me, read this 2007 report called “Neurological disorders: Public health challenges“.

And, as a person with epilepsy, I have just one thing to add: talk more about epilepsy -> there are 50 million people with epilepsy worldwide. Compared with “cool” neurological disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer, this is huge. The same report says that there are 24 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer or other forms of dementia, so..less than 50%.

The World Economic Forum weighs in, as it should, the economic costs from AEDs to impact on the health system and so on. The same report says that, in Europe alone, the annual cost of neurological disorders was, in 2004, of 139 billion Euros. To show this cost in another light:

-> Cost of neurological disorders in Europe: 139 billion Euros (2004);

-> EU budget (2015): 145 billion Euros;

-> Germany budget (revenues): 1.7 trillion Euros (2014) – highest in Europe;

-> Romania budget (revenues): 59.6 billion Euros (2014);

-> Switzerland budget (revenues): 231 billion Euros (2014);

So, compared to all these, should the World Economic Forum talk about epilepsy or not?

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Humanity`s motivator

In the past few days, I`ve been working on a project and I couldn`t figure out one thing, one small thing that I did before tens of times. I tried to get motivated, listening to the music which usually picks me up. I also tried several other methods.

I love patterns. I enjoy finding them and I used them in my work before. Identifying them is easy enough if you are not looking for something in particular. You will simply notice them. READ MORE IF YOU WANT TO FIND THE ANSWER

Career counselling #17: The great pretender

While listening to the radio yesterday, one of the songs I heard was The Great Pretender from Queen. An awesome song… It reminded me of a few thing that I heard over the years regarding job interviews.

One of the most interesting one is how people pretend being something they aren`t during interviews.

For example, a friend of mine told me that he has the tendency to say “yes” to any question being asked of him. And, of course, he agrees with everything the recruiter says. It because he`s afraid not to get the job. He`s unemployed for almost 2 years.0747558df46e7c9938a4a8468f3651ec

Another person I know invests data, statistics to be more precise. He has the tendency to respond to question with a “for example” answer, trying to give data in each answer. They are mostly invented…

These are the most common I`ve heard of so far.

The idea is that you shouldn`t pretend to be anyone or t know anything that you don`t. Sooner or later, it will all come back and kick you in the ….

Behave as the person you are. It`s the surest way of winning over the “crowd”. If not, then it wasn`t meant to be

YAP Proposal #23: “Tech4agri, the web series” (Keron Bascombe, Trinidad and Tobago)

Tech4agri: the web series – A mobile story

How do we make agriculture as exciting as it really is? How can we generate and keep the interest the public on just how important it is? How do we facilitate learning among agriyouth of all kinds while simultaneously supporting them? I may have an answer to these questions.

Introducing Tech4agri, a blog that features technology and innovation in agriculture. We aim to support agripreneurs by providing an interesting and updated information service. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, of the Caribbean region we are looking to make the transition to social enterprise with our main project – Tech4agri: the webseries. So who runs this four-year old, award-winning blog?

Yours truly! I’m Keron a freelance blogger and agri journalist. My background is in agribusiness however I have forged my own career in journalism and communications. I hold great enthusiasm for social media, with a passion for agricultural topics, due to an understanding of the importance of food. Did I mention I’m 28?

The good thing about Tech4agri, the web series is that it’s already ongoing! We launched the series on the 2nd November 2015 with five episodes among others on our YouTube channelthus far! With the webseries we aim to feature technology, climate change, innovations and success in agriculture.

This a reblog from the GFAR blog. It shows a noteworthy initiative of, proud-to-say-it, my friend Keron Bascombe from Trinidad and Tobago.

Read further HERE in order to be more impressed.

Getting entrepreneurial #2: let`s start

For quite a while now, I had the idea in mind to start a business. Unfortunately, no idea came to my mind. In the past few days, I did a mental to-do-list on what I know and what I can really do. I tried also to see what I need to learn to do….something which I haven`t yet figured out that I want to do.

Easier to say: I did a SWOT of myself. It seems that, in the “S” part of the analysis, I didn`t find to many things to put. I will continue to thinking about it.images

The “opportunities” part included, mainly, things that I want/need to learn. I needed extra “space” in my head to get that done (took it from the “strengths” part).

Overall, it seems that I need to quit having free time and go to work…on anything my mind puts me up to.

The conclusion: you first need to do a self-analysis. In order to start a business, you should try a find out if you can become an entrepreneur by yourself or if you need someone else to help you. You may be brilliant on the technical part (of your idea), but the business side also counts.

 

P.S.: I just finished a big list of things that I want to learn and test.