Estimated Number of Parkinson's Patients Globally ~ 10,000,000.00

- who we are -

World Parkinson's Program is a Canadian based non-profit, global organization with the mission of improving lives of all those affected with Parkinson's disease directly or indirectly.Our objectives include promoting EDUCATION, providing SUPPORTIVE SERVICES and ADVOCACY for Parkinson's patients and caregivers around the world. We aim to reaching every individual across the world who has been affected with Parkinson's disease to educate them in their own language, provide supportive services as well as to advocate for them at the local and global level.“Those who fight Parkinson's with knowledge always find solutions" is the central theme of this Program. This program was founded by a Canadian neurologist A.Q.Rana in 2008 and has chapters in many countries around the world.

Disparity of Resources for Care of Parkinson's Patients due to Poverty and Lack of Education

Parkinson’s disease affects all races, thus effective educational and supportive programs are need of every community, each country, and in various languages.Health literacy, attitudes, participation in health education programs, individual beliefs about various health practices have a great impact on management of chronic diseases like Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately these factors are not spread evenly across various socioeconomic groups, cultures, communities and geographical regions of the world. Not to speak of underdeveloped countries, the indigent and rural populations, immigrants, certain ethic groups, cultural minorities, those living in poverty and other small communities in the developed countries lack many resources necessary for day to day care of Parkinson’s disease and other chronic illnesses.

Unfortunate Reality.....Poverty and Parkinson's

In certain parts of world many Parkinson’s disease patients suffering from poverty are not able to afford consulting a neurologist to seek their medical advice. They are not be able to buy their medication, have access to a physiotherapist, speech therapist, dentist, occupational therapist and other healthcare professionals. Parkinson’s patients with balance problems who are at risk of falling are not able to afford purchasing a walker, proper cane, or a wheel chair due to struggling with poverty. They may need heating pad to ease the pain they may be suffering from, electric tooth brush to keep their dental hygiene but sad to say , they may not be able to buy these basic healthcare supplies due to lack of financial resources and poverty. The founder of World Parkinson's Program emphasized again and again" the delivery of best medical care to any Parkinson's patient living in any part of the world should not be affected by poverty or lack of education". The community work of this program is inspired by the saying of its founder " Helping a needy is helping a nation".

Suffering in Silence

Some patients belonging to certain minorities may not have access to educational literature about Parkinson’s disease in their native language. Thus due to lack of eduation they are not able to learn sufficiently about Parkinson’s disease from resources in other languages. Also, they may not benefit fully from the educational seminars, and thus feel left out, which not only affects their care, but also is an obstacle in learning about Parkinson's disease and leads to social isolation.

How our Services are Unique?

This is the only global program which supplies Parkinson's disease educational literature in more than 12 languages, provides medications, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, electric tooth brushes as well as other supportive services and reaches various communities around the world. World Parkinson’s program aims to help Parkinson’s patients in all parts of the world to get the best medical care by providing education in native languages, healthcare supplies, as well as other supportive medical services. Following are the various services of World Parkinson's Program.

// OUR TOP PRIORITIES //

PARKINSON'S DISEASE MEDICATIONS, WALKERS, CANES, WHEELCHAIRS & OTHER HEALTHCARE SUPPLIES TO THOSE IN NEED

Those patients living in underprivileged parts of the world and suffering from poverty can’t afford buying their medications for Parkinson's disease, devices such as canes, walkers, or wheel chairs to help them prevent falling. Many Parkinson’s patients have difficulty using manual tooth brush but not able to afford buying an electric tooth brush. We aim to provide Parkinson's disease medications, walkers, canes or wheelchairs and electric tooth brushes to those affected with poverty and in need.

FALL PREVENTION CAMPAIGN AT GLOBAL SCALE

About 70% of Parkinson’s patients fall each year and 13% fall more than once a week. "Falls not only lead to loss of independence, but also cause serious injuries such as fractures. Falls may require hospitalization resulting in many complications” says Dr. Bashir Alenazi, an orthopedic consultant and supporter of World Parkinson's Program. Our Fall Prevention Campaign aims to prevent Parkinson’s sufferers from falling by educating them, facilitating gait and balance training as well as donating walkers, canes and wheelchair to those who can ‘t afford these devices.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES

Due to lack of proper information, many Parkinson’s patients and caregivers may not know how to manage Parkinson’s symptoms effectively. We provide educational brochures, CDs, handbooks, lectures, and other informational material about Parkinson's disease in various languages. Currently our Parkinson's disease brochures are used in more than fifty countries.

FACILITATING MEDICAL SERVICES AROUND THE WORLD

Many Parkinson’s patients in different parts of the world can’t afford to pay for consulting a neurologist, physiotherapist or other healthcare professionals. World Parkinson's Program aims to establish free Parkinson's clinics, where Parkinson's patients who can not afford to pay for medical treatment, are seen by neurologist, receive medications and other necessary healthcare supplies free of charge.

In addition, many patients living in underdeveloped countries may not know where and how to get help from. There is a huge disparity of medical services and treatment facilities between various parts the world due to poverty, lack of education and medical technology and resources. We aim to establish a network of healthcare professionals and facilities such as neurologists or neuro-physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, massage therapists, exercise classes, gym or fitness programs, dietitians, social workers, dentists, and pharmacies that have special expertise to provide these services to Parkinson’s patients.

PARKINSON’S EDUCATION CLUBS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF WORLD

World Parkinson's Program aims to establish Parkinson's Education Clubs which will meet regularly and participants including patients, caregivers, and members of Parkinson's Community will share or discuss their experiences and ways to deal with the day to day problems faced by Parkinson's community. Establishing the Parkinson's Education Clubs in all major cities and communities around the world was the vision of Dr. Rana, the founder of World Parkinson's Program.

PARKINSON’S EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS ABOUT UNMET NEEDS OF PARKINSON'S PATIENS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF WORLD IN MANY LANGUAGES

Due to lack of proper information, many Parkinson’s patients and caregivers may not know how to manage Parkinson’s symptoms effectively. We run Parkinson's Education Campaigns about unmet needs of Parkinson's disease in different continents, regions or countries around the world. We also provide educational brochures about conditions related to Parkinson’s disease such as Restless Legs Syndrome in various languages Our other educational services include

  • Offering lectures – We offer lectures about Parkinson's disease directly or through electronic media to patients,caregivers, public or healthcare workers.
  • Monthly electronic educational newsletter called Bulletin of World Parkinson's Program to all subscribers
  • Free PDF copies of some Parkinson's disease books available for download
  • YouTube channel of World Parkinson’s Program
  • Promoting Parkinson’s awareness through social media including Face book, Twitter, goolgeblogs and LinkedIn

// OTHER SERVICES OF WORLD PARKINSON’S PROGRAM //

Acknowledging Parkinson’s Centers – World Parkinson’s Program acknowledges healthcare facilities, clinics, outreach community programs that specialize in providing medical care, education and other support to patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award - Every year the World Parkinson's Program honors outstanding individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease with the Dr Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award.

Chapters of World Parkinson’s Program in various countries around the world. Supporting all national and international organizations with the aim of promoting cause of Parkinson's disease .

// FREE PARKINSON'S CLINICS - OUR GOAL //

World Parkinson’s Program aims to establish free Parkinson's Clinics throughout the world, in particular in the underdeveloped countries with lack of proper healthcare resources. These free clinics will not only provide education about Parkinson's disease, but also will have facilities where patients can consult neurologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists,attend exercise classes, and get medications free of charge.The Parkinson's Education Clubs will meet in these centers. This was the vision of Dr. Rana, the founder of World Parkinson's Program, when he started the World Parkinson's Program.These centers will provide all supportive services including medical care, education and other healthcare supplies to patients with Parkinson’s disease.