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March 21, 2018

Parkinson's Awareness Day in Nairobi

Farmer Joyce Mungai with busineswoman Njoki Njuguna.
Farmer Joyce Mungai with busineswoman Njoki Njuguna.

World Parkinson's Day is celebrated internationally on April 11. The disease is associated with a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, often including tremors.

Launched by the European Parkinson's Disease Association, the day marks the birthday of Dr James Parkinson, author of the 1817 study "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" – which established Parkinson's as a recognised medical condition.

In Nairobi, the day was marked at the Arboretum grounds in what was the first of its kind in East and Central Africa. The event involved several awareness activities including a talk from experts, and yoga exercises. There was also cake cutting that symbolized the official declaration of the day as an annual event.

Present were Africa Parkinson's Disease Foundation founder and CEO Hellen Wambui, Pigia Me's Julia von Alvensleben.

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