Who We Are
We are a Parkinson's disease patient advocacy organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering Africans impacted by Parkinson's disease (PD) - this includes the family, friends, relatives, carers, etc., of of those diagnosed.
We envision all Africans impacted by PD having access to the informational, educational, support and healthcare resources needed to live empowered lives.
To create a comprehensive, dynamic and centralised African PD resource hub that will provide or improve access to relevant informational, educational, support, and healthcare resources
We believe that, by working together, we can significantly raise the levels of awareness and understanding of Parkinson's across Africa, reduce misconceptions and corresponding stigma surrounding the disease, and transform the Parkinson's disease landscape across Africa.
The only way to do this is through forming strategic partnerships - partnerships with local and international organisations, governmental and non-governmental organisations, the healthcare industry, and other relevant stakeholders. Please click "Get Involved" below for more information about partnering with us.
Board of Trustees
Omotola Thomas, MSc
Omotola was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2016, at 35. She is currently serving as a board member for the World Parkinson Coalition; a patient advocate for IPDGC-Africa; a patient advisory group member for the Community for Research Involvement and Support for people with Parkinson’s (CRISP) at Kings Hospital; and as an ambassador for the 6th World Parkinson Congress. She is also a founding member of PD Avengers – an international group of advocates determined to end Parkinson’s.
Ady Dike, MBA
Ady, whose father has Parkinson's, has over two decades of experience in strategic, operational and project management roles. She has been a member of Governance Committees in the public and not for profit sectors and has experience of ensuring companies are properly governed and fulfilling legal and regulatory requirements. She is currently serving as a trustee on the MS Society and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), and is pursuing a doctorate degree at University of Central Lancashire.
Ferdinard Okwor, FCA
Ferdinard is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School and a versatile executive with two decades of experience in the public, private and international development sectors across geographies. He is a professional accountant with strong expertise in strategy, corporate governance as well as financial, project and people management and a committed advocate for the vulnerable, deprived and less privileged in society. He currently serves on the Board (Treasurer) of Causeway Irish Housing Association.