Half the people in the world with Parkinson’s Disease have probably not been diagnosed – yet…

Richard Walker is a Consultant Geriatrician at North Tyneside General Hospital, and Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health at Newcastle University. He has a research interest in non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and is Associate International Director for SSA for the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is the Clinical Lead for the Northumbria / Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre health link and Chair of the Movement Disorders Society African Task Force. In this blog article he discusses the growing challenge of Parkinson’s Disease in SSA.

I’ve recently got back from the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Movement Disorders in Vancouver where I chaired the African Task Force meeting. At the congress it was exciting to hear about all the new developments in the field, but it was perhaps unsurprising that there was very little research about the treatment of PD in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Continue reading

Mortality and dementia: what about older adults living in sub-Saharan Africa?

Maëlenn Guerchet is a researcher at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, UK and the Inserm U1094 Tropical Neuroepidemiology unit, University of Limoges, France @IENTofficiel, with a major research focus on the epidemiology of dementia in low and middle income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Her paper Dementia-associated mortality and its predictors among older adults in sub-Saharan Africa: results from a two-year follow-up in Congo was recently published in Age and Ageing. She tweets at @mmguerchet

africa (1)Dementia has been recognised as a global challenge for the 21st century.  At the same time, the African population is ageing at an unprecedented rate. In 2015, over 58% of all people with dementia were living in low and middle countries (also referred as developing countries), of whom 4.03 million were living in Africa. The 2015 World Alzheimer Report highlighted increasing evidence on dementia prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading