At their May 2017 meeting the ROW Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the foundation’s charitable purpose, allowing it to fund services for more people in more comprehensive ways, and to work cooperatively with individuals and organizations in both neurology and psychiatry.
Established in 2014 as a nonprofit charity working to “improve the quality of training, diagnosis and treatment available to persons living with epilepsy in under-resourced areas of the world,” the foundation has stayed focused on that purpose. And because in many “low- and middle-income countries” (LMIC) epilepsy falls under the purview of psychiatry, and because epilepsy is frequently comorbid with various psychiatric disorders, the ROW Foundation found itself increasingly working with psychiatrists as well as neurologists and epileptologists.
As the ROW Foundation’s desire is to work easily and effectively with colleagues and like-minded organizations around the world, and to see more comprehensive healing brought to people living with epilepsy and comorbid psychiatric disorders in under-resourced areas, the Board of Directors voted to expand ROW’s charitable purpose accordingly.
Effective immediately, ROW Foundation’s charitable purpose is to “improve the quality of training, diagnosis and treatment available to persons living with epilepsy and associated psychiatric disorders in under-resourced areas of the world.”
Some current sources of information regarding epilepsy and comorbid psychiatric disorders can be found on the Epilepsy Foundation website, and the Gladstone Institutes website. There are many other researchers, clinicians and institutions involved in this work as well
We are very excited by the opportunities this expansion of charitable purpose will open up!