Statement on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018

Equal rights, equal duties!
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Caritas Europa asks European institutions and governments to break stereotypes regarding parental care responsibilities in families by adopting the proposed EU legislation on work-family life balance.
“After the birth of our first daughter, I decided to take extra months of parental leave after my maternity leave to take care of her. The choice was influenced by the fact that my job situation was less secure and my wage was lower than my husband’s and that paid parental leave was not an option in the organisation he worked in. Then our second child was born and I ended up staying at home for good. I hope that my daughter and her future husband will have more options when they will have children,” explains Lisbeth, 53, Belgium.
The current proposal for an EU Directive on work-family life balance presents a unique opportunity to reduce the gaps between fathers and mothers in terms of employment, pay and care responsibilities, to facilitate the choice of having children and to promote women’s labour market participation. Moreover, research indicates that a better balance between work and family life is an investment that leads to happier workers and increased productivity, decreasing staff turnover and absenteeism at work.
“It is of crucial importance to get this right: women and men have equal rights. That also means equal obligations when it comes to sharing childcare and domestic work in the family. A better work-family life balance benefits not only families by decreasing the gaps between men and women, but also companies and the economy as employee’s are more motivated,” says Shannon Pfohman, Caritas Europa’s Policy and Advocacy Director.
It is now time that the Council and the European Parliament reach an agreement on the proposal for the work-family life balance Directive and ensure a decent remuneration of parental leave for at least four months per parent. By adopting this Directive, they can prove their commitment to move towards a more social Europe, as pledged during the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in November 2017. Let’s not forget that family is a vital cell of society!


The Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (Caritas Malta) VO/1328 is issuing Tender for Supply and Installation of a Multipurpose Sports Pitch as per tender document.

The Tender Document may be obtained from

Written Clarification requests will be received until Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 12:00 on

Financial Bid Forms and Proposals are to be delivered by hand or by courier and deposited into the appropriate tender box until Friday 6th April 2018 at 10:00am, at Caritas Malta, 5 Triq l-Iljun Floriana FRN 1514, Malta. Public Opening Session will be held on the same day at 10:30am at Caritas Malta’s offices.

Other Useful Websites

These are links to useful websites


International Bureau for Epilepsy

International League against Epilepsy

International Epilepsy Day

Epilepsy Society UK

Epilepsy Action UK

Epilepsy Foundation of America

Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability

Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Malta

Epilepsy: Finding Help – 2018 National Epilepsy Conference

Epilepsy: Finding Help

L-Epilessija: Kif insibu l-għajnuna

2018 National Epilepsy Conference

“Epilepsy: Finding Help”, has been chosen to be the theme of this year’s national conference of the Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association.  The conference is being held in conjunction with the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Malta. The conference, which will convene at the Dolmen Resort Hotel on Saturday 10 March 2018, will highlight practical aspects of how and where to seek help for proper epilepsy diagnosis and treatment. There are over 4,000 persons who have been diagnosed with epilepsy in Malta and Gozo. Epilepsy is often a hidden medical condition which requires several varying medical and support services and it can greatly affect a person’s social and personal life. We are honoured that the conference will be opened by HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta. Among the speakers will be Prof Dorothee Kasteleijn, Netherlands. We also have several distinguished local speakers such as Dr. Josanne Aquilina, Dr. Doriette Soler, Dr. Edith Said, Dr. John Farrugia, as well as also interactive workshops.


This conference will be of specific interest to persons with epilepsy and their families, educators, teachers and LSAs and various health care professionals and students (doctors, pharmacists, nurses etc) who work with persons with epilepsy. We are sure that this conference will be of great interest to all the participants and the interactive session will stimulate a great deal of discussion.  We would like to thank you for your continuing support and interest. You will find the programme and an application form for this conference  when you follow the link: CMEA – Conference 2018The cost has been kept at a minimum of €30 per person, lunch and coffee breaks included. There is a limited number of seats, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

CMEA – Conferences

CMEA proudly organised a number of conferences over the past years.  Conferences are a very good way to disseminate knowledge, information and bring people and professionals from different fields together.  CMEA believes that such material needs to be made available to those interested.  If you are interested in the material or what happened in the conferences click on the links below.

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Epilepsy: Finding Help
L-Epilessija: Kif insibu l-għajnuna
Buġibba, Malta, Saturday 10th March 2018

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Living with Epilepsy, step by step
Living with Epilepsy, step by step – Photos 1
Living with Epilepsy, step by step – Photos 2
Bugibba, Malta, Saturday 13th February 2016

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Epilepsy is more than just seizures – L-Epilessija mhijiex sempliċiment aċċessjonijiet
Bugibba, Malta, Saturday 22nd February 2014

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Epilessia – kif negħlbu l-istigma? –  Epilepsy – How do we overcome stigma?
Bugibba, Malta, Saturday 25th February 2012

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
What is epilepsy? Improving our knowledge – L-Epilessija – Insir Naf Aktar

Bugibba, Malta, Saturday 20th February 2010

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Epilepsy a Multi disciplinary approach
Bugibba, Malta, Saturday 9th February 2008

Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses in collaboration with Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Epilepsy and the Nursing Profession
Bugibba, Malta, Friday 16th November 2007

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Ten years of work – The Social Impact of Epilepsy
Għaxar Snin ta’ Ħidma – Epilessija u l -Impatt Soċjali
Bugibba, Malta, 18th February 2006

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
Malta, L-Epilessija u t-Tfal – Flimkien Naslu
Malta, Epilepsy and Children – Together We Will Succeed
22nd February 2003

Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association
L-Epilessija fil-Miftuh. Esperjenzi f’Malta
Epilepsy in the Open, Experiences from Malta
Bugibba, Malta, 3rd November 2001