To ensure the adoption and implementation of the 10-year intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders, the OneNeurology Partnership has sought the support of regional ambassadors to ensure the plan has the support of national governments and parliaments.

Ambassadors will:

  • Unite with other organisations/individuals in their regions, jointly identify key national advocacy priorities and together lead a tailored regional advocacy campaign.
  • Seek to engage/influence key decision-makers, including national governments and parliaments, to adopt and implement a comprehensive GAP which takes an integrated approach to neurological disorders.
  • Liaise with and report back to the OneNeurology Global Partnership.

Meet the OneNeurology Ambassadors below, or learn more about becoming an Ambassador for your region.

Become an Ambassador

We are currently seeking ambassadors to represent the below regions:

  • Asia-Pacific (encompasses the countries represented in WHO’s regional offices SEARO and WPRO)
  • Eastern Mediterranean (WHO EMRO)
  • North America (represents English speaking countries from the North American region)
  • Latin America (encompasses all countries represented in WHO’s PAHO regional office, except for the United States of America and Canada)

The selection criteria for current programme participants are based on their preparedness to take national/regional action, to represent the wider neurology community, to engage meaningfully with various stakeholders in their countries, to monitor progress and report back to the OneNeurology Partnership.

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Prof. Bindu Menon
Prof. Bindu MenonProfessor and Head, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
“One of the biggest challenges faced by the Indian healthcare system is the health disparity. There is a huge urban rural divide with almost all the medical facilities are placed predominantly in the urban areas. I wish to see the bridging of gap for improved health equity by having a national health system.”
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Matilde Leonardi
Matilde LeonardiDirector Neurology, Public Health, Disability Unit & Coma Research Centre, Italy
“Due to increasing burden of brain disorders, neurological scientific and patient’s associations should get involved in decision making together to support research and care in neurology and brain health worldwide, together with WHO, EU and all relevant international and national organizations.”
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Jennifer Camaradou
Jennifer CamaradouKnowledge Exchange & RD grants/Patient Centric Innovation, United Kingdom/Greece
“My number one priority for OneNeurology would be to embed patient-centric innovation that better aligns PROs with CROs, with patient experience at the core of every decision-making system and to ensure more equitable health care coverage across the EU and beyond.”
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Dr. Nirmal Surya
Dr. Nirmal SuryaChairman, Epilepsy Foundation India, President, Indian Academy of Neurology
“I wish to see uniform neurological services throughout the country and reduced treatment gap in diseases like epilepsy. We need to priority of acute neurological diseases and inclusion of neurorehabilitation at subdistrict level, including insurance coverage for long term rehabilitation.”
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Marijeta Mojasevic
Marijeta MojasevicYouth Adviser and Disability Rights Activist, Montenegro
“I want to see change in the attitudes and behaviour towards people living with neurological disorders. Stigmatization and prejudices are, in most of the cases, our reality when we meet new people. I have started with combating it, working with young people. I wish to spread good results in my and neighbouring countries.”
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Muthoni Gichu
Muthoni GichuHead of Division of Geriatric Medicine, Ministry Of Health, Nairobi
“Multiple neurological conditions may occur in an individual who has to visit various specialised care providers who manage the conditions. I am here to advocate for a personalised approach to neurological conditions where specialists are able to work together to provide solutions to the individual and not conditions.”
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Rosita Sunna
Rosita SunnaExecutive Officer of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association
“Many of the neurological disorders account for significant long-term social disadvantage and reduced quality of life. People living with neurological disorders, including Tourette Syndrome, are commonly misunderstood, stigmatised, marginalised, and misdiagnosed. I wish to see increased awareness, understanding and united advocacy to the public, health, education, and government sectors.”
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Prof. Rajinder K Dhamija
Prof. Rajinder K DhamijaDirector, Institute of Human behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India
“I wish to see equal access to neurological care across different groups of our populations, with no stigmatization, especially for patients with epilepsy; with dignity of people with neurological diseases preserved and their quality of life improved. A comprehensive approach with state of the art delivery of care, preventive, promotive and restorative combined with rehabilitation for patients with neurological diseases is my conviction and hope. “
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Magdalen Rogers
Magdalen RogersExecutive Director, Neurological Alliance of Ireland
“I would like to see more resourcing of services for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of neurological conditions and a commitment to implementing existing policy.”
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Prof Riadh Gouider
Prof Riadh GouiderHead of Neurology Department, Razi University Hospital La Manouba, Tunisia
“Brain health represent a relevant challenge from a medical, social and economic perspective, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries. Establishing a sustainable development goals and reaching unmet needs will only be accomplished if we truly join forces and work together.”
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Prof. Mayowa Ojo Oowolabi
Prof. Mayowa Ojo OowolabiDean at Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ibada, Nigeria
“I propose the neurologic quadrangle to improve surveillance and research on the burden, determinants and solutions to neurological conditions. In addition, implementation of population-wide prevention of neurological disorders will lessen their incidence while organized acute care and rehabilitation will improve quality of life of those with neurologic disorders.”
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Dr. Ramla K.M.
Dr. Ramla K.M. Neuro Developmental Paediatrician, India
“The increasing burden of neurological diseases in both the Paediatric and Adult populations is posing a huge challenge to the sustainability of health care systems, especially in developing countries (such as India). Acknowledging the vast heterogeneity (among states) and addressing the wide knowledge and treatment gaps, right from childhood, by ‘Prevention, Protection and Promotion’ is my aim.”
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Julie Lefelar
Julie LefelarThe MOG Project
“After many years of occasional temporarily dimming vision and chronic fatigue, Julia had a series of acute attacks of optic neuritis in 2014 and was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD). However, once the MOG antibody live cell-based assay was available, she was diagnosed with MOG Antibody Disease (MOGAD) in 2017. It was this long, emotionally painful journey through the unknown that inspired the start of The MOG Project.”
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