The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) has earned a 2018 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Asynchronous Consultation for Movement Disorder (ACMD) initiative which supports African physicians in their treatment of movement disorders by providing expert consultation on case-management from volunteer physicians associated with MDS.
ASAE honored the program in which MDS collaborated the Ontario Telemedicine Network, MedWeb, and the African Academy of Neurology to help provide access to specialists where it is difficult in nations with limited resources for healthcare.
ACMD provides state of the art access to care through the use of telemedicine that is otherwise unavailable in underserviced regions in Africa. Additionally, the ACMD project has facilitated the engagement of physicians located in different time-zones across the globe through its asynchronous model. The program also serves as an educational tool for local physicians on movement disorders as they interact with movement disorders specialists.
In 2012, the MDS Task Force on Africa estimated that up to half of patients with Parkinson’s disease are undiagnosed. Even properly diagnosed patients faced issues of the availability, affordability and sustainability of treatment. With the results of a recent needs assessment, ACMD has expanded to 32 active sites across ten countries, including but not limited to: Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana and Cameroon.
ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to strengthen lives, the workforce, our systems and structures, the economy and the world.