African Section



Welcome from the Chair

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


The African Steering Committee continues work that began in 2009 - initially through the leadership of the sub-Saharan African Interest Group (SSAIG) and then through the Africa Task Force (ATF) - to bring a unified focus to the great variation of needs amongst countries in Africa. Specifically, the African Steering Committee is tasked with the following primary goals:

  • To support the expanded presence of and improvements in the education and training of health professionals and neurology trainees in all regions of Africa;
  • To promote collaboration for educational initiatives with other organizations interested in providing neurology training in Africa; and
  • To establish an MDS-Africa Section to sustain not only the education and collaboration activities but to facilitate research and advocacy efforts related to Movement Disorders within the vast continent.

The African Steering Committee, with the support of the newly established African Education Committee, encourages all clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals interested in Parkinson's disease and other Movement Disorders to apply for membership with MDS to help build the critical mass of individuals that will be founding members of the MDS African Regional Section, which is expected to launch in January, 2021.

Many members in Africa qualify for free MDS membership through one of the Society's No Fee Membership options. For more information and to view the MDS List of eligible Lower-Income countries, please visit the MDS Membership webpage.


MDS-Africa Resources

AOPMC_ATTENDEESMDS Regional Section Travel Grants and Support Opportunities
Read to learn more about MDS' financial support opportunities for educational programming.


AFRICA_TELEMEDICINETelemedicine in Douala, Cameroon
Dr. Cubo of the MDS Telemedicine Task Force has developed a web-based telemedicine program to educate general practitioners, residents, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, and neurologists in Cameroon. 

AFRICA_NEUROLOGY_TRAININGNeurology Training for Non-Neurologists in West Africa
This was the first neurology course designed for medical doctors who are not specialized in neurology, but it was also open to neurologists interested in training in the field of Movement Disorders and Dementia.

AFRICA_OVERVIEW_PDOverview of PD in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Task Force on Africa was ratified in April 2012 and the first committee meeting took place at the 16th International Congress in Dublin in June 2012, with a plan to meet at all future International Congresses. Committee meetings are also conducted by phone conferences.


AFRICA_BBC_NURSE_TRAININGBBC World Service News Report of Parkinson's Nurse Specialist Training Course
The first ever specialist Parkinson’s nurse course in Africa.




MDS-Africa Leadership

africa leadershipMDS-Africa Leadership
Africa Steering Committee and Education Committee




MDS-Africa Education

AFRICA_VTGMDS-Africa Visiting Trainee Grant Program
Now Accepting Applications

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society-African Visiting Trainee Grant Program is a new initiative in Africa in 2019. This program aims to promote the education, training and experience in movement disorders and establish clinical and research links among African member sites. View list of Visiting Trainee Grant Host Sites

MDS LEAP was established to provide a leadership training program to support the growth, development and success of young movement disorder specialists.




MDS Africa Affiliate Societies
MDS-Africa Affiliate Societies


Egyptian Network for Neurodegenerative Disorders (ENND)

Abdelhaleem Tantawy, MD, PhD
ENND President
Mansoura University

Mohamed Salama, MD, PhD
ENND Scientific Coordinator

Ali Shalash, MD
ENND Clinical Coordinator

Moroccan Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Wafa Regragui, MD, President
Hopital Des Specialities
Service De Neurologie B
BP 6220 Rabat Instituts
Rabat, 10 000

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Nura Said
MDS-Africa Section
International Secretariat
555 E. Wells St, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1.414.276.2145
Fax: +1.414.276.3349


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