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MDS-Africa

 

Letters from the Chair

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

Dear Colleagues,

MDS-Africa is pleased to continue offering virtual online education in 2021. To learn more about upcoming courses on a variety of movement disorders topics, please visit the MDS Website for a complete list of available MDS courses.

To enhance your involvement and awareness of the Section's activities, we invite you to become a member of the MDS-African Section. As a reminder, delegates from the African region qualify for a free No-Fee Membership with MDS. Please visit the MDS Membership webpage for more information.

Lastly, the African Steering Committee with the support of the MDS Officers continue to progress the formalization of the new MDS-African Section. Following the 2021 International Congress, the African Steering Committee will sunset and the new MDS-Africa Section Leadership will further expand efforts to support you with relevant resources and educational offerings.

If there is anything we can do to support you during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to the MDS Secretariat to share your thoughts and provide feedback.

Sincerely,

Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP, FAAN

Chair, MDS-African Steering Committee

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  Previous Chair Letters

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

Dear Colleagues,

As the 2020 year comes to a close, I would like to take an opportunity to thank you all for your continued interest and engagement in the growing MDS-Africa region. We are grateful that despite the challenges that 2020 brought, you were able to continue to participate and contribute to the development of the field in Africa and beyond.

We are all very optimistic about the opportunities that 2021 holds and I look forward to continuing our efforts to further support you with meaningful education and resources in the coming year.

Wishing you all a very safe and Happy New Year!

Sincerely with warm regards,

Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP, FAAN

Chair, MDS-African Steering Committee  


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

Dear Colleagues,

The MDS-African Steering Committee Leadership is pleased to offer the 2020 MDS-Africa Regional Assembly on-demand, which was held virtually on September 13, 2020.

The Regional Assembly is an annual opportunity for all delegates from the African region to learn more about the section’s current and future activities, ongoing collaborations, educational offerings and resources that are available to you.

Should you have any questions or would like to provide your ideas/feedback, please contact the MDS-Africa Regional Manager, Nura Said at nsaid@movementdisorders.org.

Sincerely,

Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP, FAAN

Chair, MDS-African Steering Committee  


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

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-Africa Leadership
Africa Steering Committee and Education Committee

 

 

 

MDS-Africa Education

MDS LeapMDS LEAP
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 nsaid@movementdisorders.org.

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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
Email: msalama@mans.edu.eg

Ali Shalash, MD
ENND Clinical Coordinator
Email: ali_neuro@yahoo.com
Website: www.enndeg.com

  Neurological and Psychiatric Society of Zambia (NPSZ)

P.O. Box 51237 
Lusaka, Zambia 
Tel: +260-977-775662
Email: masharip.atadzhanov@gmail.com

  Neurological Society of Kenya

Secretary: Professor Dilraj Sokhi
Email: neurologykenya@gmail.com

  Moroccan Neurological Society Movement Disorders Group

Wafa Regragui, MD, President
Hopital Des Specialities
Service De Neurologie B
BP 6220 Rabat Instituts
Rabat, 10 000
Morocco
E-mail: wafareg@yahoo.fr