Sub-Saharan Africa

EAN-AFAN Regional Teaching Courses in Sub-Saharan Africa

The RTCs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) aim at bringing teaching of excellence to residents in neurology and neighboring specialties in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The RTC is organised in cooperation with AFAN – African Academy of Neurology - and other scientific societies who through their contribution make the RTC possible. The EAN Task Force “Neurology and Africa” together with the EAN Education Committee and Quality Assurance task-force guarantee the high scientific standard of the RTC. This educational activity in SSA started in 2008 and saw the participation of about 900 residents from over 20 countries of SSA.
The EAN Head Office together with the Chairperson of the EAN Task Force “Neurology and Africa” and the local organizer are responsible for the logistics surrounding the RTC in SSA.

13th Regional Teaching Course in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday, 20 October 2022 in Douala, Cameroon

The 13th RTC will take place on the day prior to the AFAN congress (October 21 – 23, 2022).

RTCs in SSA reaches out to the following audience: Residents in neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and all neighboring specialties to neurology.

The RTC 13 Programme will be updated at the earliest.


Preliminary Programme

Overarching Theme: Working together is essential, even more so in challenging times

Morning session – 09:00-12:50

09:00-09:25 Opening, Introduction and Welcome
Mapoure Njankouo Yacouba (CAN), Augustina Charway-Felli (AFAN), Paul Boon (EAN), Wolfgang Grisold (WFN), Riadh Gouider (PAUNS)

Neuro-infections in Sub-Sahara Africa – in children and adults

Chairpersons: Paul Boon (Belgium), Wolfgang Grisold (Austria)

09:25-09:45 Neuro-COVID – Short & long term 
David Garcia Azorin (Spain) – EAN

09:45-09:50 Q&A

09:50-10:10 Bacterial meningitis: in adults and in children
Erich Schmutzhard (Austria) – EAN 

10:10-10:15 Q&A

10:15-10:35 Viral and autoimmune encephalitides
Imen Kacem (Tunisia) – PAUNS

10:35-10:40 Q&A

10:40-11:00 Mycobacterial and fungal infections of the CNS
Ariane Soldatos (USA) - AAN

11:00-11:05 Q&A

10:05-11:20 Coffeebreak


Child Neurology in Sub-Sahara Africa 

Chairpersons:  Augustina Charway-Felli (Ghana), Erich Schmutzhard (Austria)

11:20-11:40 Epilepsy in children
Charles Hammond (Ghana) – AFAN

11:40-11:45 Q&A

11:45-12:05 Child-neurology is more than cerebral palsy: an overview beyond epilepsy
Angelina Kakooza (Uganda) – AFAN/ILAE

12:05-12:10 Q&A

12:10-12:30 Grand round clinical case presentation 
Kuate Callixte (Cameroon) – AFAN

12:30-12:50 Grand round clinical case discussion 
with morning session faculty

12:50-13:50 Lunch break


Afternoon session – 13:50-17:00

Neurodegenerative diseases in Sub-Sahara Africa: dementia, movement disorders and stroke 

Chairpersons:  Ali Shalash (Egypt), Gustavo Roman (USA)

13:50-14:10 Dementia
Raj Kalaria (UK/Kenya) – IBRO

14:10-14:15 Q&A

14:15-14:35 Movement Disorders
Ali Shalash (Egypt) – MDS

14:35-14:40 Q&A

14:40-15:00 Epileptic seizures in stroke, dementia and movement disorders
Paul Boon (Belgium) – EAN

15:00-15:15 Coffebreak

15:15-15:35 Environmental and nutritional risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases in SSA
Daniel Gams Massi (Cameroon) – AFAN

15:35-15:40 Q&A

15:40-16:00 Environmental and nutritional risk factors for atherosclerosis, stroke and vascular dementia 
Gustavo Roman (USA) - WFN

16:00-16:05 Q&A

16:05-16:25 Grand round clinical case presentation
Mapoure Yacouba (Cameroon) - AFAN

16:25-16:45 Grand round clinical case discussion 
with afternoon session faculty

16:50-17:00 Conclusion and closure


Organised in cooperation with:
EAN - European Academy of Neurology and AFAN - African Academy of Neurology
In cooperation with the University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda and Partner Organisations:
AAN    American Academy of Neurology
IBRO  International Brain Research Organisation
WFN   World Federation of Neurology
MDS   Movement Disorder Society 
WSO   World Stroke Organisation 

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There is no price tag to the learned knowledge and education nor the new connections you make for your future career path. The value of accommodation, tuition, board and travel grant for each RTC Africa participants corresponds up to € 2.300,-.