The World Health Assembly has passed a WHO resolution to prioritise and co-ordinate a new global approach to epilepsy care.  Quarriers and other leading epilepsy organisations have praised this as a huge step forward in tackling epilepsy worldwide. 

Although affordable treatment for epilepsy exists, up to 90% of people with the condition may not be properly diagnosed or treated in resource-poor settings. The resolution highlights the need for governments to formulate, strengthen and implement national policies and legislation to promote and protect the rights of people with epilepsy. It also stresses the need to reinforce health information and surveillance systems to get a clearer picture of epilepsy and to measure progress in improving access to care.

Gerard Gahagan, Head of Service at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre said: “This is excellent news for people with epilepsy throughout the world –particularly for low and middle income countries where epilepsy care is less well developed.  We now have a commitment at WHO level to promoting research, improving access to treatment, greater implementation of epilepsy awareness programmes, and tackling high levels of discrimination and stigma.  The Scottish Epilepsy Centre has been a strong supporter of the resolution and we will use it to continue our work to develop and deliver even better services for epilepsy in Scotland.”

WHO resolution on Epilepsy

Quarriers is flying the flag for the sector in Scotland in one of the UK’s leading health awards events, after being shortlisted in this year’s nationwide HealthInvestor Awards 2015.

The HealthInvestor Awards, now in their eighth year, promote excellence and recognise innovation in the UK health sector.

Quarriers’ nomination in three categories reinforces the charity’s reputation as a first-rate provider that strives for excellence in the services it delivers.

Read more: Quarriers shortlisted for HealthInvestor Awards

The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre has been awarded the EFQM 2* Award, which is based on a European model of Quality.  

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Read more: EFQM two star award

Hilary Mounfield OBE, ambassador for the International League Against Epilepsy and The WIlliam Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre recently wrote an article on tackling stigma which was published in The Scotsman.

Read more: Scotsman article on tackling stigma surrounding epilepsy

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Our Patient Participation Strategy is now available online in both standard and Easy Read formats.

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