Neurology training for non-Neurologists in West Africa: Focus on Parkinson's Disease and other Neurodegenerative Disorders
September 15-18 2013
This is the first neurology course designed for medical doctors who are not specialized in neurology but it is also open to neurologists who are interested in training in the field of Movement Disorders and Dementia. This course is organized by Dr. Roberto Cilia (Italy) and Dr. Albert Akpalu (Ghana). The international faculty consists of sixteen members including neurologists, geriatricians, nurse specialists, a neuropsychologist, a physiotherapist, a nutrition specialist, and a medical officer.
The program will include a combination of slide presentations and direct assessment of patients, to provide basic understanding of what movement disorders and dementia are. Slide presentations should be accompanied by videos whenever possible, to enhance understanding of non-specialists. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches will be focused on local resources available in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries. Slide presentations will be 20-min each followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
The main goal of the workshop is to develop a network of motivated doctors throughout SSA that will follow patients with neurodegenerative disorders and share experiences about the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. At the conclusion of the course, the neurologists spearheading the project will maintain contact with the participants to answer any questions they may have and advise them on how to treat their patients.
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra. Website: www.gimpa.edu.gh/
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to accomplish the following:
- Examine a patient with a movement disorder and/or with dementia
- Reach a diagnosis of straightforward neurodegenerative cases
- Design, review and modify a patient treatment plan, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches according to local resources
This course is jointly sponsored by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and The World Federation of Neurology and co-sponsored by the Fondazione Grigioni per la malattia di Parkinson' and the Society for Worldwide Medical Exchange.
All participants will receive a CD including all the slides and videos of the teaching course.
Additional material will be provided for each participant aiming to educate both patients/caregivers and the local team of medical assistants, nurses, physiotherapists, other health figures, etc. Educational brochures will be provided in English and are designed for English-speaking sub-Saharan African culture with pictures/photographs for those with low-education. Different professional figures will draft these brochures according to their areas of expertise (nurses, nutrition specialists, physical therapists). Recognition and management of the following motor and non-motor disturbances will be covered: urinary problems, sleep, postural hypotension, swallowing and speech, constipation, postural changes, gait and balance disturbances, sores in bedridden patients, dementia, behavioral and psychiatric symptoms.
Faculty (in alphabetical order)
Patrick Adjei (Neurologist; Accra, Ghana)
Albert Akpalu (Neurologist; Accra, Ghana)
Marianna Amboni (Neurologist; Naples, Italy)
Alba Bonetti (Nurse specialist; Milan, Italy)
Erica Cassani (Nutrition specialist; Milan, Italy)
Momodou Cham (Medical Officer; Sogakofe, Ghana)
Augustina Charway (Neurologist; Accra, Ghana)
Roberto Cilia (Neurologist; Milan, Italy)
Catherine Dotchin (Geriatrician; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Louise Ebenezer (Nurse specialist; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Charles Mate Kole (Neuropsychologist; Accra, Ghana)
Njideka Okubadejo (Neurologist; Lagos, Nigeria)
Gianni Pezzoli (Neurologist; Milan, Italy)
Fred Stephen Sarfo (Neurologist; Kumasi, Ghana)
Richard Walker (Geriatrician; Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Sheila Klufio (Physiotherapist; Accra, Ghana)
Megan Daniels (Program Manager, International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society)
Laura Kennedy (Education Project Coordinator; WFN Education Committee)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA
Email Megan Daniels