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.

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

14th Regional Teaching Course in Sub-Saharan Africa

Saturday, October 28 – Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Overarching theme

Brain health across the life span

Saturday, 28 October 2023

Stroke: what can be done, what must be done

Chairpersons: William Matuja (TNA) & Erich Schmutzhard (EAN)

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome and opening
William Matuja (Tanzania), Augustina Charway-Felli (AFAN), Paul Boon (EAN), Wolfgang Grisold (WFN), Mohamed Janabi (MNH), Tumaini Nagu (MNH)

10:00 – 10:20 Understanding and managing stroke: From the neuron to the community, a panoramic approach of the patient
Amadou Gallo Diop (Senegal) - AFAN

10:20 – 10:40 Diagnostic and therapeutic acute care stroke management. Including stroke in infectious diseases (HIV, TBC)
Osheik Seidi (Sudan) - AFAN

10:40 – 11:00 Pediatric stroke: Nuances of diagnosis and management, hemoglobinopathies, sickle cell disease and other conditions specific to children
Angelina Kakooza (Uganda) - AFAN

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 – 11:40 Stroke: Neurorehabilitation and secondary stroke prophylaxis
Mayowa Owolabi (Nigeria) - AFAN

11:40 – 12:00 Q&A time

12:00 – 13:00 Clinical Grand Rounds: Stroke 
Mohamed Manji (Tanzania) TNA

13:00 – 13:30 How to ... prepare a case- or a scientific presentation
David Garcia Azorin (Spain) - EAN

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 17:00 Clinical case presentations by the faculty in rotating groups

17:00 – 17:30 Test time

Sunday, 29 October 2023

Epilepsies and seizure disorders across all ages

Chairpersons: Paul Boon (EAN) & Augustina Charway-Felli (AFAN)

09:30 – 09:50 Epilepsies: Semiology
Paul Boon (Belgium) – EAN

09:50 – 10:10 First seizure management
Marieke Dekker (Tanzania) - AFAN

10:10 – 10:30 Pharmacological management of epilepsy – choosing the ASM, rational polytherapy and pharmacoresistant epilepsy
Augustina Charway-Felli (Ghana) - AFAN

10:30 – 10:50 Contemporary and appropriate use of technology in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy
Lawrence Tucker (South Africa) - AFAN

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:30 Status epilepticus and NORSE: Diagnostic workup and emergency management
Fikile Ngqotso (South Africa) - ILAE

11:30 –11:50 Q&A time

11:50 – 12:50 Clinical Grand Round: Epilepsy and seizure disorders
William Matuja (Tanzania) - TNA

12:50 – 13:20 How to … apply for a scientific grant    
Amadou Gallo Diop (Senegal) - AFAN

13:20 –14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 17:00 Clinical case presentations by the faculty in rotating groups

17:00 – 17:30 Test time

Monday, 30 October 2023

Emergency Neurology across all ages with specific emphasis on history and clinical presentation

Chairpersons: Wolfgang Grisold (WFN) and Sara Mosbah El-Sadig (AFAN)

09:30 – 09:50 Acute headache with and without fever
Daniele Martinelli (Italy) - IHS

09:50 - 10:10 Impairment of consciousness with and without fever 
Erich Schmutzhard (Austria) - EAN

10:10 – 10:30 Acute confusional state with and without fever
Riadh Gouider (Tunisia) - PAUNS       

10:30 - 10:50 Acute paraparesis with and without fever
Sara Mosbah El-Sadig (Sudan) - AFAN

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:30 Acute neuro-myopathies
Wolfgang Grisold (Austria) - WFN

11:30 – 11:50 Q&A time

11:50 – 12:50 Clinical Grand Rounds:Neurological emergencies
Eric Aris (Tanzania) - TNA         

12:50 – 13:20 How to …. conceive a scientific project
Wolfgang Grisold (Austria) - WFN                                    

13:20 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 17:00 Clinical case presentations by the faculty in rotating groups 

17:00 – 17:30 Test time

19:30 Video dinner: Movement Disorders & Epilepsies
For invited residents and faculty at the Hotel

Tuesday, 31 October 2023

Dementias and Movement Disorders, particular emphasis on history and clinical presentation

Chairpersons: Kigocha Okengo (TNA) & Oluwadamilola Omolara Ojo (MDS)

09:30 – 09:50 Cognitive aging – from normal aging to dementia
Stella-Maria Paddick (UK) - IBRO

09:50– 10:10 Practical tools in the evaluation of cognitive impairment
Lenon Gwaunza (Zimbabwe) - AFAN

10:10 – 10:30 Movement disorders and cognitive decline
Oluwadamilola Omolara Ojo (Nigeria) - MDS

10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 – 11:10 Treatment of Parkinson‘s disease and other Parkinsonian syndromes
Oluwadamilola Omolara Ojo (Nigeria) - MDS

11:10 – 11:30 Management of advanced neurodegenerative disease; palliative care in and out of a hospital setting
Jeremy Tanner (USA) - AAN

11:30 – 12:30 Clinical Grand Rounds: Cognitive impairment and movement disorders
Kigocha Okengo (Tanzania) - TNA

12:30 – 13:00 How to …. write a scientific paper
Jeremy Tanner (USA) - AAN

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:30 Clinical case presentations by the faculty in rotating groups

16:30 – 17:00 Test time

17:00 – 17:30 Closure and farewell

Organised in cooperation with:
EAN - European Academy of Neurology, AFAN - African Academy of Neurology and Tanzania Neuroscience Association
Together with the local organisers: Kigocha Okengó, Marieke Dekker, Mohamed Manji, Yusuf Jamnagerwalla and Brighton Mushengezi, William Howlett, William Matuja, Eric Aris, Sarah Urasa

Partner Organisations:
AAN       American Academy of Neurology
IBRO     International Brain Research Organisation
IHS        International Headache Society
ILAE      International League Against Epilepsy
MDS      Movement Disorder Society 
PAUNS  Pan Arab Union of Neurological Societies
WFN      World Federation of Neurology

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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 tuition, travel grant, accommodation & board for each RTC Africa participants corresponds up to € 2.300,-.