EAN-AFAN Regional Teaching Courses in Sub-Saharan Africa

The RTCs in 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 800 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 organiser are responsible for the logistics surrounding the RTC in SSA.

12th Regional Teaching Course in Sub-Saharan Africa

September 10 – 11, 2021, Virtual – Uganda

Overarching Theme: Neurology in SSA: Nuances and commonalitie

The times listed are CEST – Central European Summer Time

  • GMT:  - 2hrs
  • UTC:   - 2hrs
  • CAT:      UTC + 2 hrs  (CAT = CEST)

Participation in the virtual RTC is free of charge but registration is compulsory.
Please find the registration link here
The RTC is aimed at the following audience: Residents in internal medicine, paediatrics, family medicine and neurology trainees.



Day 1

September 10, 2021

09:30-12:30 Neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly (Dementia, PD, Stroke/Post stroke) in sub-Saharan Africa – epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic management
Chairpersons: Foad Abd-Allah (AFAN), Erich Schmutzhard (EAN)

09:00-09:15 Welcome, Opening session – Key messages

09:15-09:45 Dementias
Raj Kalaria, Unite Kingdom – IBRO

09:45–10:15 Parkinson’s disease is more than motor dysfunction
Njideka Okubadejo, Nigeria – MDS

10.15–10.30 Break

10:30–11:00 Ischemic Stroke including post-stroke care
Foad Abd-Allah, Egypt - AFAN

11:00–11:30 Stroke recovery and improving post stroke quality of life
Mayowa Ojo Owolabi, Nigeria – WSO

11:30–12:00 Pseudo-dementia in chronic subdural hematoma and chronic hydrocephalus - a case for neurosurgery
Peter Ssenyonga - Uganda

12.00–12.30 Questions & Answers

12.30–01.30 Lunch Break


01.30–04.30Epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa – epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic management
Chairpersons: Richard Idro (Uganda), Paul Boon (EAN)

01.30–02.00 What to do in an adult patient with a first ever seizure and in a patient with epilepsy
Lawrence Tucker, South Africa – AFAN

02.00–02.30 What to do in a pediatric patient with first ever seizure and in a patient with epilepsy
Richard Idro – Uganda

02.30–02.45 Break

02.45–03.15 Symptomatic epilepsies
Paul Boon, Belgium - EAN

03.15–03.45 Status epilepticus
Augustina Charway Felli, Ghana – AFAN

03.45–04.15 Epilepsy surgery: what can be done in SSA – a neurologist’s perspective
Fidèle Sebera, Rwanda

04.15–04.30 Questions & Answers

Day 2

September 11, 2021

09.15–12.00 Neuroradiology in sub-Saharan Africa – what can, should, must be done
Chairpersons: Osheik Seidi (Sudan), Christoph Groden (ESNR)

09.15–09.30 Welcome, Opening session – Key messages

09.30–10.00 In Stroke
Christoph Groden – Germany (ESNR)

10.00–10.30 In neurodegenerative diseases, dementias and movement disorders
Amina Nasri – Tunisia

10.30–10.45 Break

10.45–11.15 In auto-immune & post infectious diseases of the CNS
Osheik Seidi – Sudan

11.15–11.45 In first ever seizure and epilepsy
Alfred Njamnshi – Cameroon

11.45–12.00 Questions & Answers

12.00–01.00 Lunch Break


01.00– 04.30 Neuro-immunological diseases in sub-Saharan Africa – epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic management, part I
:  Augustina Charway-Felli (AFAN), William Carroll (WFN)

01.00–01.40 NMO spectrum disorder versus Multiple sclerosis: clinical and diagnostic aspects
Marianne de Visser, The Netherlands – EAN

01.40–02.10 Treatment of demyelinating diseases in under-resourced countries
William Carroll, Australia – WFN

02.10–02.25 Break


02.25–04.30 Neuro-immunological diseases in sub-Saharan Africa – epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic management, part II
Chairpersons: Marieke Dekker (AFAN), David Garcia Azorin (EAN – RRFS)

02.25–03.05 The Expanding Spectrum of Autoimmune Encephalitis
Eoin Flanagan, United States - AAN

03.05–03.35 Infectious and para-infectious (poly-)radiculoneuritis
Marieke Dekker  The Netherlands/Tanzania – EAN/AFAN

03.35–04.05 Neuro-COVID: an infectious andnon-infectious nervous system disease
David Garcia Azorin, Spain - EAN

04.05–04.20 Question & Answers

04.20–04.30 Closure, Farewell

Organised by:
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
ESNR European Society for Neuro-Radiology
IBRO  International Brain Research Organisation
MDS   International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society
WFN   World Federation of Neurology
WSO   World Stroke Organisation