NEURAM2020: Improving neuro-rehabilitative care in Mauritius

Formed in 2017, the NEURrehabilitation Action Mauritius (NEURAM) Foundation focuses on the management of neurological conditions due to stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

NEURAM works in a region that faces a high incidence of accidents leading to catastrophic injuries, a lack of understanding of the complex nature of such injuries and their repercussions, insufficient support to patients and families, and a dearth of supportive devices.

NEURAM works to improve regional standards of neurological rehabilitation through ongoing education.  To this end, a second annual meeting will take place in Mauritius from 27-28 May 2020 and will provide a vital forum for the exchange of cutting-edge best practice and the building of key skills. The 2020 meeting follows on from NEURAM’s successful 2018 inaugural meeting which brought together 100 clinicians and healthcare professionals in the region, a first-of-its-kind opportunity to address issues ranging from the protocols of management in neurorehabilitation and the use of antibiotics to the treatment of pressure ulcers and bladder care. A positive reaction from attendees and the local community of clinicians and healthcare professionals has stirred interest in keeping the momentum going at NEURAM2020.

This year, the meeting will place a specific focus on stroke rehabilitation: prevention, awareness, acute treatment and maximising abilities. The meeting is co-organised by Professor Anba Soopramanien, founder of NEURAM and Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation Medicine who has trained and worked in spinal and rehabilitation centres in France and the UK, and Dr Rajiv Reebye, Clinical Associate Professor on acquired brain injury and neuro-musculoskeletal programmes at GF Strong Rehabilitation Center, Vancouver, Canada.  Speakers will include Dr Serdar Koçer, Head of Department and Specialist in Rehabilitative Medicine, Centre de Rééducation Porrentruy, Delemont, Switzerland, and Dr Stefano Carda, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland.

Dr Franco Molteni of the Hospital Valduce, Costa Masnaga, Italy will talk about the future of robotics in stroke recovery and Dr Ulrike Schwarz, a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics at the Technischen Universität München, in Germany, will lead a session on quality of life and depression following stroke. Mrs Sue Paddison, Superintendent physiotherapist at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London (UK) and Mrs Shiva Jamwal, Head Occupational Therapist at Royal Bucks Hospital, Aylesbury (UK) will provide therapy perspectives.

The event will take place over two days in Mauritius. A full programme of panel discussions, lectures, poster presentations and social events will undoubtedly encourage the connections and insights that are key to vital improvements in local care.

The officers and staff of the NEURAM Foundation cordially invite anyone with an interest in neurorehabilitation in Mauritius to consider attending this unique forum dedicated to the prevention of the onset of neurological conditions acquired through brain and spinal trauma and to the provision of the highest levels of rehabilitation. CPD points have been applied for to the Royal College of Physicians, London and Canada.