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African Section

Letters from the Chair

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


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-Africa Resources

Telemedicine in Douala, CameroonAFRICA_TELEMEDICINE
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-African Section Leadership
MDS-AS Officers, Executive Committee and Education Committee




MDS-Africa Education

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

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. For any questions, please contact Nura Said at

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  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

  Neurological and Psychiatric Society of Zambia (NPSZ)

P.O. Box 51237 
Lusaka, Zambia 
Tel: +260-977-775662

  Neurological Association of South Africa (NASA)

Dr. Patty Francis
NASA President,

  Neurological Society of Kenya

Secretary: Professor Dilraj Sokhi

  NeuroRehab Training Association

President: Dr. Michael Temgoua
P.O.Box 31671 Yaounde, Cameroon

  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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