Welcome from the Chair
Njideka Okubadejo, MBChB, FMCP
Professor and Consultant Neurologist
University of Lagos College of Medicine
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 can qualify for free MDS membership through Waived Dues Membership. View more information on Waived Dues Membership as well as a list of eligible countries here.
MDS-Africa Visiting Trainee Grant Program
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.