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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

African Section (MDS-AS)

All MDS members residing in the MDS-AS region are automatically members of the MDS-AS Regional Section, which provides local support and connections. 

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  Welcome from MDS-AS Chair, Njideka Okubadejo

Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCPNjideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP, FAAN
Professor and Consultant Neurologist
University of Lagos College of Medicine
Lagos, Nigeria

It is my pleasure, as MDS-African Section Chair, to welcome you to the newly established MDS-African Section.

The formation of an African Section has been a long journey, and one that would not have been possible without the dedication and collaborative efforts of various MDS leaders and stakeholders. I would like to personally thank the African Steering Committee for their role in achieving this momentous goal and look forward to further expanding our objectives and level of support for members under the guidance of the new MDS-African Section Leadership.

I have been involved with MDS for many years, and what initially drew me to MDS was the immense opportunities for networking with and learning from undoubtedly the very best world experts in Movement Disorders. I was also encouraged by the very relevant focus of the MDS in education, and the commitment to engaging a diverse range of health care professionals interested in Movement Disorders across under-represented regions of the world, including within Africa.

During my term as the MDS-AS Chair, we will continue offering a robust variety of educational activities on various topics for neurologists, movement disorder specialists, and our allied health and neuroscience colleagues. In addition, we remain committed to addressing educational needs across all five regions within the African continent, including our French-speaking countries, ensuring that barriers to education for our members are removed.

We invite you to fully utilize the educational opportunities, mentorships, resources, support and membership benefits available to you. Please remember to renew your membership when required to do so. As a reminder, delegates from the African region qualify for a free No-Fee Membership with MDS. Please visit the MDS Membership webpage to apply today.

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in MDS-African Section activities.

Kindest regards,

Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, MD, FMCP, FAAN
MDS-African Section Chair

  Mission & Objectives

MDS-AS involvement is open to all members of MDS within the African region. MDS-AS aims to facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers in the region; disseminate updated knowledge about movement disorders; improve quality of life and independence of movement disorders patients and caregivers; and promote research in the field of Movement Disorders within the region.

As a newly established Section, MDS-AS is currently working to build a critical mass of members in Africa dedicated to improving the field of Movement Disorders in Africa. We invite all delegates from the African region to apply for a FREE No-Fee Membership with MDS.

MDS-AS Programs and Resources

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MDS-AS Regional Courses

View upcoming educational programs developed to meet the needs of the MDS-AS.

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Outreach Education

Apply for funding to support local movement disorders education.

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LEAP Leadership Program

A leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.

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Telemedicine in Your Movement Disorders Practice

A step-by-step guide about how to introduce and set up a telemedicine clinic.

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EAN-AFAN Regional Teaching Courses in Sub-Saharan Africa

Basic neurology training for residents in neurology and neighboring specialties in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Asynchronous Consultations for Movement Disorders

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Free consultation service that provides clinical movement disorders consultations to local physicians in Africa.

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Train the Trainer Program

Gain tools and resources to become a Trainer and lead regional education programs.

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MDS-AS Visiting Trainee Grant Program

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Funding to receive valuable movement disorders training in another country.

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Movement Disorders Specialist Directory

Update your profile to be listed in MDS's free online search tool for patients.

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MDS-AS Affiliate Societies

MDS encourages a continuous dialogue on a global level to bring clinicians, researchers and health practitioners together for the exchange of the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of Movement Disorders to enhance the education of physicians across the globe.

We invite neurological groups and organizations specializing in Movement Disorders to become an Affiliate Member of MDS. To apply visit, MDS Affiliate Member Society.

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  AfrAbia Society (AAS)
  Association of Clinical and Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria
  Association of Ethiopian Neurology


  Cameroon Academy of Neurology

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  Egyptian Network for Neurodegenerative Disorders (ENND)


  Ethiopian Physiotherapy Association
  Ghana Physiotherapy Association


  Moroccan Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group


   Moroccan Society of Movement Disorders


  Neurological Society of Zambia (NPZ)


  Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA)

South Africa

  Neurological Society of Kenya


  NeuroRehab Training Association


  Neuroscience Society of Nigeria (NSN)
  Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences


  Senegalese Neurological Society


  Tanzania Neuroscience Association


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